Do you sell feathers? Question....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Egg Rookie 2010, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. Egg Rookie 2010

    Egg Rookie 2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a roo who has attacked one too many times. He has exquisite hackle feathers I think we could sell/use for fly tying. HOW do you cull a bird without ruining these feathers? And do you have any tips for catching a roo without injury?
     
  2. madamwlf

    madamwlf Nevermore Acres

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    I know the place where I get my hair down buys turkey feathers and sells them as hair accessories. People buy them too. We're talking 3 feathers for $24. Crazy.
     
  3. Connorrm

    Connorrm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I actually ran into an issue last year. I tie my own flies, and the tackle shop was OUT OF FEATHERS. This really hadn't ever happened before. He said he'd been slammed every day with different salons buying everything they could.
     
  4. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Apparently the hot new thing for hair is.....rooster/pheasant feathers. My daughter has asked and I told her to stalk our Barred Rock until he drops the ones she want and then we'll talk.
     
  5. Noymira

    Noymira Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I saw a news story on this, and it's a real problem for the fly fisherman who tie their own. Not a hair fad I've seen around here, but I guess in more urban areas. You probably could make a good amount off the feathers.

    I'd use a towel or something else to help catch him, then once he's dispatched just skip the scald and carefully pluck, maybe with some tweezers?
     
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    dainerra Chillin' With My Peeps

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    dainerra Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. Egg Rookie 2010

    Egg Rookie 2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well this sounds promising however HOW do you kill the bird? The only way we know to do it it use an axe on the neck and that kinda ruins this whole feather selling idea....How can you do this without wrecking the body? Not wanting to be gruesome or anything but I need a little help.
     
  9. bustermommy

    bustermommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think that the most promising way to preserve the feathers would be killing cone and throat cutting. If you take the bird off the roost before they get out of the coop, you can catch them easily.
     
  10. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All the "country" girls around here are wearing those feathers in their hair. I'm not into fads like that. At the hair salons it cost $25 to get a feather in your hair. Really? Their dyed guinea and chicken feathers
     

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