Emu Feather Duster

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.

The plan was to let the bird stay with hopes of finding his owners.

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?


  1. This is so cool and soooo fascinating.

    I'm seriously thinking of using your site as an educational tool when homeschooling my 7-year-old. I always learn something new.

    Your feather duster looks awesome.

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely day.

    1. Go for it – what a huge compliment -and thank you! I'm a almost retired homeschool mom – My son graduates High School this week. It was a great journey and I commend you for choosing to homeschool. I love this feather duster, it has made dusting a breeze. Have a great weekend! -Carole

  2. Deborah says:

    Wow, I have never thought of making a feather duster with the feathers before. It IS impossible to keep our farm house free of dust. I see this being a fun project for the kids!
    Eggs. Didn't mention the eggs. Perhaps this is a male?
    Thank you for inspiring our next project 🙂

    1. Yes Chaka is a male, we talked about getting him a female but we haven't moved with the idea. This is a fun project, use wire picks and and floral tape to attach feathers in place – has to be tight. -Carole

    2. I forgot to ask how long it holds up & how often you use it? (2 emus = plenty of trouble, just a warning 🙂 )

    3. Do you raise Emus? I've had mine for little over a year and I use it maybe 3 times a month on pictures and wood furniture. It will last long if it's made tight. -Carole

    4. I wouldn't say "raise" 🙂 as much as share some space. Hoping to trade them for some pot-bellied pigs. No one really wants to buy one (or 4).

  3. What a great story! I love it. How fun to have such an unusual pet.. and bonus perks too. Thanks for sharing at the Oh My Heartsie Girls WW. 🙂

    Life With Lorelai

  4. Alison Agnew says:

    How fun that you have an emu! I bet he is a hoot. Thanks for sharing on Fridays Unfolded!

  5. Carole, this is fascinating! Came here to look for a DIY project–then saw the Quail posts.

    Sooooo, I'm heading over there next (grin).

  6. Gentle Joy says:

    This is interesting information…. Thank you for sharing it. 🙂

  7. Erica H. says:

    Emus are such interesting animals. There was a farm near where I grew up with a few emus- I remember trying to catch one once and it was impossible. They are super fast 🙂

    1. They're fast – ours was hand raised so he's really social sometimes I wish he would run off. He started molting again last night so I'm collecting feathers.

  8. What a great post! Love it! Pinned and tweeted. We love to party with you, so I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. That would be so awesome.
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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