Selling rooster feather?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by marceedee, May 10, 2011.

  1. marceedee

    marceedee Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 5, 2009
    Cheney, WA
    This is a kind of a wierd question. A friend told me that rooster feathers can sell for $75 each! I have 3 beautiful roosters. Would it be bad for their health to remove some feathers this summer? Or do the feathers come from butchered birds? Does any one sell feathers? I see them use a lot for fly fishing and for hair.
  2. Farmer_Dan

    Farmer_Dan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    I think the hackles are sold as a unit for about $100. I believe that these are taken off of the dead birds. Special birds are bred for their feathers and people love to use them to tie flies.

    You can pull feathers without seriously injuring the birds, they just moult and grow them back later.


    GL, let us know if you get $75 / feather, that'd be awesome!
  3. Life is Good!

    Life is Good! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    suburbia Chicagoland
    The pet bird rescue we volunteer at saves the molted feathers and sells them on e-bay. Another volunteer cleans all the feathers (make sure there is no contamination), and packages them, lists them and mails them. It's a LOT of work. Last big bunch she sold (likely about 4# of feathers - everything from blue macaws to little bitty orange feathers from a sun conure) - gathered $275 profit. That's taking out all the mailing costs. As she's a volunteer too, she donates her time to clean the feathers, sort them by size, list them, package them, mail them, etc.

    Lots of work - yes, some funds - but.....

    check the e-bay listings for 'rooster feathers' that'll get you started if this is worth your while.
  4. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    [​IMG] no clue.....[​IMG]
  5. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    That would have to be some really fancy rooster feather.

    An entire turkey tail, all the tail feathers will go for $25-$30 for the nicely marked ones. A whole pheasant skin with all the feathers off the entire bird, sells for about $12 and those are some mighty pretty feathers.

    I suggest that you go and look on ebay and see what the asking prices are. If nobody is bidding, the asking price is too high and it won't sell for that much.
  6. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    Was your friend talking about the Phoenix type feathers that can be 3-4 feet long?

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