Removing feathers for Fly-Tying

obeloinkment

Chirping
Aug 3, 2013
29
12
89
My Coop
My Coop
Forgive me if this is in the wrong area of the forum, I'm a bit new, but it seemed to be the best place.

I'm wondering about removing a feather or two from a chicken and if this feels the same as one of us plucking a hair, or if it is all together much more serious. I see feathers laying around and I see them come off birds here and there but I don't seem to find the lovely, long neck hackle feathers that I use to tie jigs and wet flies. I certainly would hate to cause my ladies any harm, but am wondering if there is a quick, relatively painless way to get a few feathers? Said feathers can be quite pricey at the fly tying shop.
 

dawg53

Humble
Premium Feather Member
13 Years
Nov 27, 2008
28,824
18,293
996
Glen St Mary, Florida
Forgive me if this is in the wrong area of the forum, I'm a bit new, but it seemed to be the best place.

I'm wondering about removing a feather or two from a chicken and if this feels the same as one of us plucking a hair, or if it is all together much more serious. I see feathers laying around and I see them come off birds here and there but I don't seem to find the lovely, long neck hackle feathers that I use to tie jigs and wet flies. I certainly would hate to cause my ladies any harm, but am wondering if there is a quick, relatively painless way to get a few feathers? Said feathers can be quite pricey at the fly tying shop.
If you have any birds over a year old, hang on....pretty soon you'll have plenty of feathers due to molt.
 

Angelicisi

Crowing
6 Years
Mar 26, 2013
3,523
557
278
Baton Rouge area
My Coop
My Coop
Can you snip a few with scissors about half way down and have enough for a fly? Then no pluck and she will remember that 2nd pluck lol
My uncle used to sneak one here n there from my grandmas hens during holidays :/ til the hens refused to go near him lol
 

Angelicisi

Crowing
6 Years
Mar 26, 2013
3,523
557
278
Baton Rouge area
My Coop
My Coop
If you snip too close (within 1/2 inch) to the base it may bleed...possibly on the hackle (definitely on a wing/tail feather. But you should be able to get a few nice ones with a hen in your lap and a pair of scissors :)
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom