I picked my chicken breeds for many reasons, one of them being attractive feathers. I have about 12 cockerels headed for the freezer in a few months and I intend to save the feathers to make masks and other things but everywhere I look it says to scald the birds to make plucking easier. Easier sounds good, but will the feathers be savable? I know they must dunk feathers in hot water to dye them, but I was wondering if anyone out there has tried to save feathers from chickens scalded during processing. Also, any tips for drying them would be appreciated. Sad as I will be to see these beautiful birds go, I know that using their feathers is a good way to honor their lives. I believe that nothing useful should be wasted, especially when that thing came from a living creature whose life I took.