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