The girls are molting!
Every single feather & bit of fluff has passed through my hands at least six times: selected from the ground, shaken off, washed in mild soapy water, rinsed, water gently smoothed off between fingers, fluffed back into shape when dry.
I don’t have a lot of extra time, so it’s taken a while to get this many of them done. I don’t have much of a plan for them right now. Last year, they went to vacation bible school for crafts. I do need a fascinator and Katy Pecky finally gave me the silver laced wyandotte feathers I’ve been asking for.
The girls have been especially generous this year. There is still one more small trash bag waiting to be cleaned and more every day.
Quite a few are tiny (some of them pictured below next to a primary feather for scale).
The box on the right in the picture below contains only flat feathers and the round tin contains only small and tiny feathers. The other boxes are so full there isn’t room for more.