How do you keep feathers from decaying?

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by crystalchik, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. crystalchik

    crystalchik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I collect feathers from our peacocks every year and within months they are chewed apart by my mites. Is there anything I can treat them with that wont ruin the feather or rob them of their natural oils?
     
  2. jojo@rolling acres farm

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    I had a friend that used feathers in her art. She always kept the feathers in her freezer.
     
  3. crystalchik

    crystalchik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, thats an interesting idea...but I bet it would work! Thank you for the suggestion!

    The only problem is that i eventually would like to use them in earrings or decorations or something, so I need to treat them with something, unless freezing them would kill the mites?
     
  4. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try putting them in a tightly sealed container (like a rubbermaid storage bin). Then, get yourself a couple of tablespoons of kitty litter and douse it with a couple of tablespoons of a strong smelling essential oil -- thyme or wintergreen. Wrap the oily kitty litter in a clean cloth and tie it, then set it carefully in the bottom of the bin. Put a false bottom made out of cardboard with a little space around the edges for the oil fragrance to penetrate. Then, store the feathers in there.

    Essential oils are toxic to mites. That should do it.
     
  5. VelvetDragon

    VelvetDragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Freezing will kill the mites. As long as you don't expose the feathers to mites again! I expect you could also store them in some diatomaceous earth or borax.

    In bringing in bird feathers to the house, such as those of other people's parrots and so on, I freeze them first to keep them from bringing in mites or lice or anything that my hurt my own parrot.
     
  6. farmer_lew

    farmer_lew Hi-Tech Redneck

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    My daughter was once gifted an Eagle Feather by a Native American elder during a ceremony we were attending. He told her to store it in a box of fresh cut cedar greenery (leaves?). Presumably the cedar is a deterent to insects. I know that the wood from a cedar tree has that quality.
     
  7. crystalchik

    crystalchik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those are some great ideas, thanks everyone! I will try them all!! [​IMG]
     

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