Feathers to Fly With

In my spare time, when I am not cleaning bird cages, I write romances. I particularly love Regency Romances, because the language is a real hoot. In fact, when someone said he doesn’t have a feather to fly with, they meant the person in question was extremely poor, no money, nothing that could be turned into cash in a hurry.Five Feathers

My financial situation isn’t bad, but I have many, many feathers, should I choose to fly with them. I don’t know what HSA would say about it, probably search me to look for smuggled birds. Not sure why they would think I was smuggling birds out of the country, but there you are.

Throwing the feathers away always seems like a waste to me. I guess I watched too many Daffy Duck cartoons as a kid. Wish the birds kept them all number for just such an occasion, and then poked them back in where they belong. This would solve so many problems.

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I often teasingly say to my parrots, “Clean up your room!” Meaning their cage. So far none of them have made the slightest effort. And I have yet to determine which is worse, a lot of tiny feathers from the finches and budgies, or a handful of big feathers from the CAGs and the Amazon.

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So if I wanted to do something fun with the feathers, I was thinking of turning a wall in the bird room into a photo gallery. I would have a nice portrait of the bird framed, and attach the feathers to the frame. A neat idea, but labor intensive and also requires taking pictures. I can usually tell which feathers came from which bird, but not always. In fact, I only know that the purple feathers that came from Fin did so because he wandered into the kitchen when I wasn’t aware of the fact, and stepped on his tail. Sigh.

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Another cool idea I found on Pinterest is just a Christmas thing, but I guess you could display them year around. Using a clear glass ornament bulb, put the feathers inside and then seal it up. Could even write the bird’s name on the bulb.

I used to give all my feathers to a woman in the bird club who in turn made beautiful jewelry from them. She would even take the feathers and a special order for what you wanted. I was going to have one set of earrings for each bird.

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What would you do with your bird feathers if you could do anything? Let me know in the comemnts. Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Sunday.

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