Using Molted Feathers

Discussion in 'DIY / Self Sufficiency' started by lovemy6hens, Mar 17, 2015.

  1. lovemy6hens

    lovemy6hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to use the molted feathers from our hens to make a pillow. Should the feathers be cleaned somehow before putting them in a pillow? They were clean when they fell out, but will the natural oils begin to smell if they're put directly into a pillow?
     
  2. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check this site out:
    http://www.howtocleanstuff.net/how-to-clean-feathers/
    I like the dry clean method, very similar to what I do. For general dusting, I put my dreamcatcher in a big plastic bag with ordinary salt and shake it until the salt knocks all the dust off.

    “Dry” Cleaning Method

    You Will Need:

    • Corn meal
    • White flour
    • Powdered borax
    • Bag
    Steps to Clean the Feathers:

    1. Fill a bag with ½ cup flour, one cup corn meal, and three tablespoons borax.
    2. Place the feathers in the bag.
    3. Close the bag and shake the feathers around in the powdery mix.
    4. Once the feathers are clean, remove them.
    5. Shake the feathers to remove any excess powder.
     
  3. lovemy6hens

    lovemy6hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much, wyoDreamer! I'm looking forward to the possibilities.
     
  4. lovemy6hens

    lovemy6hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Even with 11 hens molting, I still don't have enough feathers for a pillow. I've decided to make a feather mask instead and probably a fascinator. Would cleaning the feathers for those purposes differ from the above method?
     
  5. lovemy6hens

    lovemy6hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I experimented a little and found what works for the fluffly feathers:
    Warm water with a little liquid Cetaphil cleanser, agitate, rinse in warm water, individually smoothing each feather downward and air dry on paper towels. Hold by bottom of feather and gently shake to fluff when completely dry.
    How do I clean the large feathers? I can't get it right.
     
  6. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    When I clean feathers I always wash each feather individually with a small amount of dawn and then rinse them off. I then hang them and dry each individual feather with a blow dryer. They come out gorgeous and do not lose their shape this way.
     
  7. lovemy6hens

    lovemy6hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you very much, @sunny & the 5 egg layers! I will try that too.
     
  8. Copper Creek

    Copper Creek Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a soft shell and put all the feathers straight in there. Then put a pillowcase on. The shell seems to mask any fowl smells and keeps all the feather in. Do make sure the feathers are dry, though. It is very comfy. Also, if you don't have enough feathers to fill it, try cotton or some soft material that is small. I hope this makes sense.
     
  9. lovemy6hens

    lovemy6hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, it makes sense. Thank you! Using another soft material in addition to the feathers is perfect.
     

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