Can you believe I own an emu? You might ask why?
Well I ask myself that same question quite often. Our Emu, Chaka was a rescue.
He was wandering nearby injured when a neighbor found him; they stopped and asked if we could help.
After weeks of searching and coming up empty handed we decided maybe the owners would find us. A month later that happened and he was thrilled to see how content Chaka was and asked if he could stay.
Everybody was excited but me.
My second thought was how neat it would be for the kids to have an emu pet.
Well that was four years ago and this bird has been quite the addition to our farm.
Occasionally the original owners stop by to see how he’s doing and I enjoy those visits, they’re neat people who show up full of smiles with a great zest for life.
Twice a year Chaka molts and normally he leaves behind feathers in one area where he slept the evening before, this makes gathering a breeze.
After his third molt we had a lot of feathers and that’s when I had the idea of making a duster.
The best feathers for this project would be from his mid body going towards his neck.
These are common molting areas and those feathers are wonderful, the rest have a different texture and would not work as well.
To make the duster, I gathered the feathers into a bundle and taped off with floral tape to a stick. Then I covered the base with a ribbon so it was kind of pretty.
After it was completed the real test was to see what kind of duster it would become. It was great because I could dust in a hurry without having to move anything.
This duster has been a blessing and a nice green addition to our lifestyle.
I’ve also used these feathers in wreaths, centerpieces, cards and additions to gift wrapping.
The wild birds even love them for making nests.
So not only do I enjoy getting creative with the emu feathers but the wild birds think they’re pretty awesome too. What would you do with these elegant pieces of nature?