I have found an extra added plus to raising chickens. I have been collecting some of the more beautiful feathers that are hanging around my coop. I really need to know how to clean them without damaging them. I figured anything that has been that close to chicken droppings would have germs and bacteria and who know what else. Please could someone give me some help? Also what is the best way to store them after cleaning.? I have been sticking 2-3 feathers into the end of straws then placing the straws into a vase. These feather bouquets are beautiful...the reason for the straws is to keep the feathers from falling all around. thanks for any information.