The most desirable hair feather extensions come from specially raised roosters. These are not your ordinary barnyard roosters. These are genetically raised on specialized chicken farms that breed for the finest feathers to be used in fly tying and for hair fashion. The roosters on these specialized chicken farms are treated like royalty to make sure the feathers are the highest quality and not ruined. This is way different than a chicken meat farm that is only concerned with the meat and not the feathers.
We should also mention not all rooster are the same and some breeds do better for producing quality hair feathers than other breeds. Different chicken breeds produce totally different feather colorations, which many are not desirable for hair feathers. Also, different sections of the rooster’s feathers produce feathers of different lengths, widths, and quality. See the photo for where the best hair feathers are found on a rooster.
Extra long hair feathers extensions
The extra long hair feathers extensions come from the rooster’s saddle section. It takes years of breeding and experience to produce roosters with extremely long, narrow saddle feathers. At Feather Goddess, we buy in bulk complete rooster saddles and then manually inspect and separate the feathers based on length, color, and quality before bundling them into hair feather extensions. Also, all the rooster saddles we buy have been carefully cleaned, washed thoroughly, and are bug free.
The best rooster feather saddles will have feathers from 8" long to about 20" maximum length. The average saddle feather length on the best roosters would be around 12-" to 15" long. This is why the longest hair feathers sell for premium prices. Feathers from the rooster's cape section are usually 5" to 7" long and are common, so the prices are much lower.