"If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." — E.B. White

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Moth Eaten

Better than my first impression upon opening the coop a few weeks ago...
Feathers were ankle deep ~
Raccoon carnage?!

Nope, just moulting.
whew. giggle.
The hens looked ridiculous.
They knew it too and acted embarrassed.
Strutting quickly to the nearest bush to hide.

I don't get any eggs while they're busy making new feathers.
But I do collect the feathers!

So far I've just done this...
(The guineas are molting too)

But I'm crafting for Christmas, so maybe I could try these?

Feather wreath made by Holly on Etsy

This one  by SophisticatedPosies is really glam!

Must admit. I altered my handmade Christmas policy a bit and am soooooo happy I did. This year it's still all handmade or charity, but it doesn't all have to be by my hands. I've shopped Etsy a lot for Christmas! Can't reveal much yet  ;-)

What have you Etsyed?


Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

So...you're buying chicken feathered items for your handmade Christmas? ...do you trade your feathers for merchandise OR do you ebay your feathers?
Because girl! I just searched ebay... and they sell them on there! Go figure. Is there no end to what people sell or trade these days?

I've recently been checking out ways to make extra cash-- things that people sell,buy and trade, these items interest me! I don't have chickens but---This totally cracks me up!

Teresa said...

Glad there was no racoon carnage! Their feathers are so pretty, but I can understand their shame....it's probably the same for them as a bad haircut is for us!
Have a very Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said...

my girls are moulting too and i haven't had an egg from them in ages! I would like to get one of those chickens sweaters for my one girl who looks quite chilly without her feathers! I have bought things from Etsy this year, some floral headbands and clips and a charm bracelet, all of which were lovely! Have a wonderful Christmas!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

What a wonderful source...your own feathers, besides you know the donors!! They cost a lot to buy. Yes Etsy...such a source of inspiration and wonderfully made things. I get stuck there looking for hours!
Merry Christmas!!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Your weekend sounds awesome...have fun!!!

Verde Farm said...

Hi Leslie, I am so glad you stopped by Verde Farm. Love your blog. Your molting babies are beautiful. I LOVE feathers. I put a lot of them in my live tree. Your guinea feathers are wonderful. I'm going to have to collect some of those for my tree next year. I wish I had a dark guinea. Ours one and only died last summer. I have two grey ones though and their feathers will look great too :)Looking forward to blogging together.

Lori said...

Brrrr...why is Mother Nature soooo cruel???

Rural Revival said...

Ha! Leslie, those feather crafts are the ultimate in being thrifty. Love it!


Vintage Country Girl said...

So, we've never done moulting in three years with our hens, but plan to next summer. How long till you get eggs again? I just can't fathom having to buy eggs when we have our own hens! Also, LOVE the feather frame. Great!

Vintage Country Girl said...

Our production of eggs does go down in the summer when it's so hot, which is frustrating for us AND them I'm sure....we get new layers every year or year and a half. Maybe our production would be better with moulting? Tell me all your secrets, how you do it, etc.

Country Girl said...

Oh, I was going to say moulting but you beat me to it. Love these feathers. Did you see them in the photo of the post of mine you visited? So glad you loved the little video. Glad to meet you.

Ostriches Look Funny said...

I just finished ESTY-ing! I am getting two adorable monkey decals for my son's room, one says, "No More Monkey's Jumping on the Bed"
I can't tell you how appropriate that is.

Anyway, I love the feather ornament.