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How do you clean feathers for sale

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Knix6468, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. Knix6468

    Knix6468 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking of selling some of my extra feathers, Does anyone have a method you would share with me?

    thanks
     
  2. Yoda

    Yoda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just put some water in the tub an rinse them in it then let them air dry. The dirt is off and the feathers are nice and clean. I tried to spray water on them but the force seemed to damage the feathers (made some split) placing them in the tub and a swish or a little shakes cleans them good.
     
  3. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    Mixing a little bit of dawn dish soap into the water will help clear up any poo, and it's gentle on the feathers.
     
  4. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. 3963jem

    3963jem Out Of The Brooder

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    Just plain water will clean and disinfect them? I just started raising chickens this Spring. They have some beautiful feathers and colors. I have red and black assorted pullets, two Plymouth Rocks and two white ducks. They make me laugh every day, when I let them out in the morning from their coop and fenced yard, it looks like children running out for recess.
     
  6. featherhead

    featherhead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use clorox wipes. The bleach doesn't affect the feathers' color at all because there's not that much bleach. And the feathers remain fluffy after they dry.
     
  7. Koeyohte

    Koeyohte Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Plain water on the feathers will not disinfect them as it will simply hang around the feathers and "roll off" sue to natural oils in the feathers. You will also need to reshape and zip up the feathers, which is generally rather time consuming.

    In order to kill mites, etc., it is usually advised to mix borax and flour in a bag and to toss the feathers (gently!) in the bag with the mixture:

    1/2 cup flour
    1 cup cornmeal
    3 tbs Borax (powdered)

    This should destroy harmful bugs as well as not damage the feathers :)
     
  8. Yoda

    Yoda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry guys I just reread my post and some of it was missing. Even I had trouble reading it LOL, the line should've read:

    I just put some water in the tub and add dawn dish soap then rinse them and let them air dry.
     
  9. raph

    raph Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How would clean the feathers of a Sumatra has anyone got any tips or advice.(I'm talking about a alive cockerel)
     
  10. connerhills

    connerhills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    raph... clean them the same way. I use a conditioner and you can dry them with a hair dryer or air dry... Have you joined the Sumatra Club ? Good place .. connerhills
     

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