LOTS OF FEATHERS! What to do with my birds feathers!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sticks22, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. sticks22

    sticks22 Songster

    Aug 5, 2008
    Grove, oklahoma
    What do you folks do with all your feathers from your culled birds? Just wondering what to do when the time arrives. I read that the old timers used to stuff pillows with them. Just curious!

  2. lilchick

    lilchick Songster

    May 23, 2008
    Williamsport In.
    Just normal shedding can look like a massacre in their pens!

    When I clean the coops I also rake their pen and knock down cob webs..
    Throw it all in the compost pile.....

    When my son was younger he made dream catchers and gave them away.
    It was kind of cute.... Wish I had kept one..
  3. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    the bigger, nicer ones can sometimes be used as quills. i hadn't thought of stuffing a pillow though. me, just for allergies, i probably woulnd't. the dream catcher is a nice idea, though. also i give them to people sometimes. you would be surprised how many people like a pretty colored feather. then of course, most tossed out.
  4. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Make good dog bed fillers, sack em up for fire starters, great for the compost pile!
  5. ridgefire

    ridgefire Songster

    Jan 8, 2008
    Northern Michigan
    Not really sure on this one, but dont some people use feathers for making fish lures?
  6. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Only certain types and they are mighty picky about what they are. [​IMG]
  7. ejones1961

    ejones1961 In the Brooder

    Jul 29, 2008
    West TN
    at would be mostly neck feathers I believe. You can get hackle feathers died different colors at Bass Pro shops and other locations.

  8. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Last year....I took several of the better looking feathers...cleaned them and used a small half round of styrofoam..and made " turkey place cards" the the Thanksgiving dinner table. Everyone got to take thiers home. They loved it!
  9. ninjapoodles

    ninjapoodles Sees What You Did There

    May 24, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    Quote:Do they stink when you burn them? How does a feather fire starter work?
  10. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    We have a lot of fires outside, so we will save the feathers in dog food bags in my tool shed and use them for this. Yes, they don't smell so good but they light pretty quickly. Dry and fluffy!

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