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Is anyone using their feathers?

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by flitter, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. flitter

    flitter Chillin' With My Peeps

    I wondered if anyone uses their chicken's feathers? Do you gather them up or pluck them out? Would plucking mess up their molt cycle? I just collect them from the ground and display in a wooden bowl.
    Our ancestors used them for pillows, etc. DH says they killed the birds to do that? Just wondering and didn't get anything when I searched.
  2. NovaAman

    NovaAman Overrun With Chickens

    My kid collects the ones that fall out and plays with them. I don't think I'd pluck it out of a live chicken. I think that would hurt the chicken.
  3. SilkieGirl

    SilkieGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2011
    I use my birds feathers for craft projects and jewelry. I never pluck them as each feather is connected to the bird by its skin and pulling them out will cause the bird to bleed (neighbors kid tried to start plucking my sebastopol gander). It is best if you want to not process the bird to let them molt out naturally. Yes most birds when mass producing feathers are killed. but if you dont need tons you dont need to do that.
  4. dmccann

    dmccann Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2009
    darlington pa
    My Coop
    when ever i find one ,i save it i also buy them from others.Just made a wreath!!
  5. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    Quote:Only blood feathers will bleed..they only have blood in them when growing in. it like pull one of your hairs out , one at a time , doesn't hurt them,only if its a blood feather..easy to tell them apart ,you can see the blood in them.
  6. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2009
    A small bunch of feathers gathered from the ground, wrapped together with thread at the quills, then hot glued and fastened on a string makes a cat toy. (you will need several, if you allow your cat to actually catch it while playing "keep-a-way")

    While at a craft fair, I saw idiots paying 3 bucks plus for little Guinea feathers to use for hair decorations, I got those blowing around all over my place.
  7. dmccann

    dmccann Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2009
    darlington pa
    My Coop
    3 people like this.
  8. TNChick721

    TNChick721 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2011
    Oneida, TN
    Quote:Darlene you are so talented! I love that!!
  9. Hens & Hounds

    Hens & Hounds Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2011
    Quote:oh I love it! it's beautiful! [​IMG]
  10. dmccann

    dmccann Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2009
    darlington pa
    My Coop
    lol i have no talent it was easy!

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