What can be made out of Duck Feathers?

Sep 2, 2018
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Hi Friends,

it seems my ducks have started with their fall molt and all over the garden there are beautiful white feathers like these:
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There will be a lot of feathers from my 17 Ducks, in many different colors…
Have you ever done or made something useful with your duck's feathers?
Other than enjoying a rare »snow storm« in September.
 

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Do they actually rot? - They are the same material as our hair and fingernails, right?(Keratin)

"Bird feathers in compost break down relatively easily – they should break down totally within just a few months. The only real hazard is wind. Make sure to add your feathers on a day without wind, and cover them up with heavier material once you’ve added them to keep them from blowing everywhere. You can also soak them in water for a day beforehand both to weigh them down and jump start the decomposing process.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Can You Compost Bird Feathers: How To Compost Feathers Safely https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/ingredients/composting-bird-feathers.htm"
 

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