Saving feathers question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by valmom, Sep 26, 2007.

  1. valmom

    valmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First off- I know (or have been told) that chickens carry all sorts of nasty stuff you don't want to innoculate yourself with. So, if I want to save some of the really neat looking feathers they are molting how do I sanitize them? Can I microwave feathers? Spray them with alcohol?

    I am envisioning little dream catchers decorated with my banty roosters teeny tiny feathers:)
     
  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    You can put them in a lingerie bag on gentle and air dry.
     
  3. tink

    tink Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My thinking.....If they are your chickens, you know what kind of care they have had. I am not worried about my feathers that I save.
    Tink:)
     
  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I just actually stuff mine into plastic bags...I only use the clean ones. But some folks like to wash theirs.
     
  5. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    Quote:I was thinking along the same lines...if you are really concerned though, you could gently wash them with antibacterial dish soap and water then pat to dry.
     
  6. valmom

    valmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "I" really didn't have too many concerns- I know how clean I keep my chickens. But my SO is a little bit bug/mite/flea/germ ...ummm...maybe not phobic...but close to it;)
     

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