What does everyone do with their chickens feathers??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickenlady, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    Do you make something?
    Do you collect them?
    Do you give them away?
    Do you sell them?
    Do you just throw them away?

    I am looking for a use for my millions of different feathers that my lovely chickens give me all the time. Anyone more creative than me? LOL.
  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I use my girls' feathers in my DreamWebs...like this one...The feathers are from Obelisk the Tormentor and Miss MoneyPenny.
  3. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Haha, funny you should ask- I've been collecting feathers for a long time. Tonight I just asked my dad to bring me a plywood chicken shape cutout and I'm going to glue the feathers in the appropriate places (i.e., fluffy for butt, flight feathers for wing, etc.). Wish me luck! I'll post pics!
  4. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    I give mine to my wife. She is in the activity department at a convelasant hospital. They use them on different projects they make.
  5. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    Mine go in the garbage can [​IMG]
  6. rachel

    rachel Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Feathers are compostable! They go in the compost along with the poop and straw/pine shavings.
  7. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Songster

    Apr 26, 2008
    Mine go into wild birds nests. I've seen them in a few nests now. I think it's neat but I'll start picking up the better ones to do some kind of project with.
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Well, when we process meat birds we burn everything. After scalding and plucking I have no interest in them. Yuck on the smell.
  9. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    Spotted: That is really cool looking, thanks for posting.
    Envirogirl: You'll have to post pics when your done.

    Anyone else with some ideas? I hate to throw them away. I guess I could always donate them somewhere for arts and crafts.
  10. Texas Fluffy Feet

    Texas Fluffy Feet Songster

    Feb 20, 2008
    Arlington, TX
    My little one faithfully picks up every feather she finds. We have a big zipper bag we are keeping them in. She wants to make a pillow out of them. [​IMG]

    I think it's cute. We only have 5 chickens and they are not meat birds so it will be a darn long time before we have enough feathers for a pillow. I will keep saving them though even after her enthusiasm stops because I am pretty attached to these birds and one day when they are gone I will still be able to hold them and "snuggle" if I have a pillow. I'm a sap I know! [​IMG]

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