What to do with the feathers?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by lauranickerson, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. lauranickerson

    lauranickerson Songster

    Apr 17, 2013
    Kingsley, MI
    I don't have "meat birds," but I had a surplus of Black Sex Link cockerels (about 5 months old). They definitely aren't made for meat, but their feathers sure are pretty!

    We didn't bother plucking them - we just skinned them. We don't care for the skin, and don't want to bother with hot water and all that jazz.

    So after processing 5 birds today, I have a 5-gallon bucket full of skins with the feathers attached.

    I'm curious what's the best way to get the feathers off of the skin? I figure either just putting hot water into the bucket, or cutting each feather off. [​IMG]

    I want to use the soft ones for pillows, the hackles and saddles for crafts, and the wing and tail feathers for hats. I might be able to sell all but the down at our local farmer's market.

    I'm sure SOMEONE has run into this. I can't be the only one that skins the birds but then wants the feathers...
  2. thriftyfarmer

    thriftyfarmer In the Brooder

    Aug 24, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2013

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