This item is 25 beautiful, black and white striped feathers from a Dominique rooster, shown above eating from my daughter's hand. They vary in length from 2" to 4" There are a variety of feathers in there, some hackles and some body feathers, as shown in the pictures. I also throw in a few short or broken feathers, in case you have a use for them, but there are at least 25 perfect feathers as well. I don't trim the down at the base of the feathers, these are natural feathers how they come off the chicken, washed and dried.
Dominiques are listed by the Livestock Conservancy as "watch". The Livestock Conservancy also has this to say about the breed: "The Dominique chicken is recognized as America’s first chicken breed...The Dominique enjoyed popularity until the 1920’s at which time interest in the breed waned due to the passing of aged, long-time Dominique enthusiasts and breeders."
I raise heritage breed chickens for eggs and slaughter the roosters for meat. It is really important to me to use and appreciate as much of the animal as possible and so I saved a lot of the feathers. If you need feathers from birds that were not killed, these will not work for you. I tried to price my feathers to reflect that. I'm aiming for an intermediate between feathers collected off the ground from living birds, and mass produced, factory farmed birds. I love my birds and take excellent care of them; they are raised organically and free range, cooped at night for predator protection, and we respect them to the very end. We processed about 30 roosters this year, and it is hard and it sucks and it is necessary for the financial viability of our project. We are a farm; we can't keep every rooster. It may be of interest for a potential buyer to know that one of our main focus points is on environmental sustainability, our home and farm are off-grid, we haul water, use only wood for heat and cooking, and have a solar panel for our few electric needs.