What to do with the feathers once plucked?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Razor1616, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. Razor1616

    Razor1616 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been looking around on the internet to find a good solution. I really hate the idea of throwing things away, but I cannot find any other answers. Once you pluck the feathers from your birds processing them, is there another option other than putting them in the trash? Can you put them in "long term compost" (the compost pile for things that i don't want to throw away but don't want in my garden anytime soon, like 3 or 4 years)?

    Thank you,
    Nathan
     
  2. ChickenJerk

    ChickenJerk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "long term composting" works, very well.
     
  3. Birde

    Birde Chillin' With My Peeps

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    See how long it takes to collect enough to stuff a pillow :lol: I don't know what to do with mine either. I save the pretty ones
     
  4. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    They compost just fine. Also lots of people use feathers for crafts.
     
  5. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    This year I'm saving and washing mine to use in pillows. Fifty young CX with clean and soft feathers? I'm not going to waste that...their feathers have very little, if any, bad smells...this I noticed when scalding and didn't smell the typical wet chicken smell that is so offensive to the nose.
     
  6. BackyardCoop

    BackyardCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Compost.

    But once I figured out how to just skin a chicken, I don't mess with plucking!
     
  7. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    We'll pluck those we are keeping for roasting/grilling but might skin those we will be using for boneless breasts, soups, hotpockets, etc.
     
  8. Razor1616

    Razor1616 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone for the input. I did compost them. I will give skinning a try in the future.

    ~Nathan
     
  9. EddieLee

    EddieLee Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm looking to get a few meat birds and was also wondering about feather use. It des seem like a shame to throw away so many good feathers. We may try the pillow thing. That seems like the only other solid alternative use.
     

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