It started with me thinking they were pretty. I collected feathers dropped by my birds from time to time. Then I found where one guy was selling them for $1.25 each. Crazy. So, I thought I would try. I never posted them, I just felt plan silly doing it. Selling chicken feathers???
I had a lot of feathers…a LOT of feathers. I had so many they were starting to weigh down and crush those on the bottom. One or two grace my hat. They’re special.
My basket, now empty, sighed in relief.
What do you do with a bunch of feathers? Yes, they’re gorgeous, and many are sentimental, (Merlin, George), but what do you do with feathers?? You make a feather tapestry for the wall.
Take material (an old sweater I bought for a dollar at a yard sale), cut it to one layer thick and sized for hanging, and start poking feathers in it. (those are from Bluefoot)
I got better at it as time went on
The white are mainly Pekin duck, the grey are guinea and Tom, the golden laced (Wyandotte) are from Bluefoot, and the shiny on the right are from the various roosters.
Hang on the wall for easier access.
Add the Royal Palm turkey feathers….
I can continue to add to them as the years go by, and their numbers increase. We have a great deal to process tomorrow, so I will probably restock my supply. I know to most this must seem stupid, but I think it’s pretty and a wonderful way to remember all my birds.