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Chicken feathers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SandraMort, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. SandraMort

    SandraMort Songster

    Jul 7, 2008
    My nine year old daughter would like to know what the chicken feathers can be used for after slaughtering the meat chickens, since they're not good for stuffing pillows.

  2. Chickaroo!

    Chickaroo! Songster

    Dec 27, 2007
  3. menageriemama

    menageriemama Songster

    Feb 2, 2008
    Lake Nebagamon, WI
    I know that some people tie fishing flys with them, but I think that they use only certain breeds with specific coloration, not meat birds. I was wondering about this too, as it seems like such a waste to do nothing with all of the feathers!!
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    you can compost them. They have reasonable nitrogen content.

  5. Miltonchix

    Miltonchix Taking a Break

    Jul 14, 2007
    Milton, Florida
    Quote:I would have never thought of that! GREAT IDEA!
    My compost bin could use a little extra nitogen.
  6. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    When dry they make great dog bed fillers. I have mixed them with cedar chips to make a fluffy and warm bed for the pups. Not the larger feathers, but the fluffy ones. Great insulators.

    I agree about the compost pile!!! Human hair is supposed to be great for nitrogen also...even better than manure!

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