Help with feathers all over the place!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by messianicmom, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. messianicmom

    messianicmom Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 21, 2009
    What do ya'll do with feathers being all over the backyard? Ours are around 15 wks or so (lost count) and there's so many feathers and they just don't seem to go away and it's looking rough out there.
    do any of you use a mobile vacuum?[​IMG]

  2. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Ours just blow away or the other wild birds use them for nest making. [​IMG]

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    Last edited: Dec 29, 2009
  3. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    OK, my husband thinks I am PSYCHO because i cannot stand feathers in the yard. He says "what do you expect, we raise chickens". Anyway, I get the rake and a bag and I go rake them up. Note: Feathers rake better if you spray them a little bit with the water hose first. Yeah, I know, I'm crazy.
  4. messianicmom

    messianicmom Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 21, 2009
    I wish mine blew away fast enough, because they aren't.
    Okay, I can't stand the feathers, either. It just seems trashy (no offense to anyone here, it's a local term regarding someone's yard). I've also tried the raking thing and it didn't work. So spraying with water helped? What kind of rake do you have? Plastic or metal?
  5. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    I've thought about using a shop vac, but haven't done that yet. If you do try it, let us know how it works! If it is any consolation, they will soon quit losing feathers (until a molt).
  6. horsefeathers09

    horsefeathers09 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2009
    Phoenix, Arizona
    I go around the yard with a poop scoop and pick them up every day. Oh my, sounds so dumb to worry about such a thing. [​IMG]
  7. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Ive got a BIG plastic rake. They are hard to rake up but you can't chop them up with the lawn mower because they won't chop and when I use the yard sweeper they just fly right out the back LOL. That's my beef with the feathers too, it just looks trashy to me to see them scattered everywhere. No offense to anyone, but I am meticulous about my yard, it has to be tip top.

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