Feathers

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by lakehuroncluckers, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. lakehuroncluckers

    lakehuroncluckers Out Of The Brooder

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    What can you do with all the feathers after processing? Any ideas? Any helpful suggestions are appreciated. [​IMG]
     
  2. eggzettera

    eggzettera Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feather meal is a garden supplement just like bone & blood meal - compost it!

    By the way welcome!
     
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  3. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Compost.
     
  4. eggzettera

    eggzettera Chillin' With My Peeps

    mmmmm...... wonder if Miss Prissy will come along and tell us to make pillows, beds, comforters & the like out of them.....mmmmm [​IMG]

    edit to change use to us...better grammar
     
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  5. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    That's what the goose feathers are for, not chicken. [​IMG]
     
  6. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    I remember some article in the Backyard Poultry magazine describing how you should save even the chicken feathers to use for pillows.

    But now I feel wasteful having thrown away so many feathers if I could have composted them instead. I was just worried about attracting 'coons & dogs & such to the yard, we've been bagging up the feet & feathers & guts and taking them out to the curb.

    Do the feathers need to be ground up before adding to the compost pile? Or can they just be added to the middle? 'Splain, please!
     
  7. blue90292

    blue90292 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you need to use the feet for stock.[​IMG]
     
  8. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I actually read in the Backwoods Home magazine Jan/Feb edition that the breast feathers on a chicken are just as wonderful as goose down! They recommend that you use them in comforters. [​IMG]
     
  9. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

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    You could bag them and sell them for crafts. Back when I was making dream catchers I would buy all kinds of feathers.
     
  10. steffanie3

    steffanie3 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am also wondering about composting the feathers. Do you just throw them in your regular pile whole? I would think they would be like a brown material, so you would need some green in there too?
     

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