Saturday, November 19, 2011

Chicken Feathers

Saving your chicken feathers for crafts.

Molting is a great opportunity to get feathers for projects.

My Easter Egger looked like she exploded every nite. I would go out into the coop and just get hand-fulls!

I keep a gallon ice-cream bucket in the coop to make it easy to collect the feathers during my daily feedings and checks.

When I have a full bucket, I dump them into an old pillowcase, tie off the end very securely and throw them in the washer on Hot with my detergent. I take out the bag and inspect it and then throw it in the dryer on high heat, checking every few minutes for accidental bag openings and dryness.

Then I spend hours at the kitchen table sorting, brushing, and photographing for my listings.
The last 5 listings I posted on my store took about 24 work hours at the table.
Feathers Black Tipped Gold with Grey
Feathers at Poultry Playground on Etsy 

If you also use your birds for meat, you can easily collect them all at once after the scald.


  1. I made pretty angel wings ornaments from our chicks feathers. :) Have a super great week

  2. Wow, that's a lot of work. This is very educational, thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick


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