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Cleaning feathers??

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by BigSkyChickie, Oct 26, 2008.

  1. BigSkyChickie

    BigSkyChickie In the Brooder

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    One of the perks of having my pretty birds is the pretty feathers I find laying about. I've been wanting to do something crafty with them, but I'm not sure how to go about cleaning them first. And I must clean them, I'm just that way. Would a bath in a sink of mild soapy water ruin them? Any other ideas??
    TIA!
    Megan
     

  2. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    i hear baby shampoo works good ,,, i only keep my peacocks feathers,, and havent washed them yet,, so im really not much help lol [​IMG]
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Dawn dish soap, the original blue kind, is used by wildbird rehabbers after an oil spill because it allows the feathers to be cleaned without stripping out the natural water-resistant properties of the feather. I'd use that.
     
  4. BigSkyChickie

    BigSkyChickie In the Brooder

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    Cool! I have both, but I'll give the dishsoap a try first since it's cheaper.[​IMG] Thanks to both of you for speedy answers!

    Megan
     
  5. krcote

    krcote Songster

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    Use Dawn, gentle but effective!
     

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