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Question about feathers.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Gracegirl16, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. Gracegirl16

    Gracegirl16 Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there a way that I can just pluck one or two tail feathers off without hurting my girls too much? I am hoping to dye the feathers to sell as hair extensions. Any thoughts or suggestions?
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    The feathers used for hair extensions and fly fishing are the long saddle feathers of roosters (there's a thread in the breed,genetics, and showing section about them). They're much longer than the average rooster, who's feathers are certainly longer than a hens. I think you would be wasting your time and causing your ladies unnecessary pain by plucking their feathers as I don't think anyone would buy them. Good luck- you really should really check out that thread though. I think they're called genetic hackle chickens or something like that.
     
  3. Gracegirl16

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    oh...ok! Thanks bunches! [​IMG]
     
  4. Peachesbabychick

    Peachesbabychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    As much as I like hair extentions, your girls need ALL their feathers! How would you like it if someone plucked out a handful of your hair to use for profit?

    Instead of doing that, look for naturally lost feathers such as in their dusting area. In the coop, etc. I think this is a much better way of getting feathers.
     

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