I was searching this site to find out when feathers start to come in because it looks like my 2 week old ducklings are starting to get the beginnings of feathers on their tails. While searching I came across a post about duck feathers and making pillows and comforters. Do you pluck the birds after they are culled or can you pluck the feathers while they are alive? I am not planning on doing this, but may consider in the future. I don't eat my pets though so I need to do so much research before I would consider it. Just more curious at this point.