Saving Feathers from Culled Birds?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by clucktastic, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. clucktastic

    clucktastic Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 9, 2009
    Pullman, Mi
    I just culled 9 birds today, 3 of which were Pekin ducks, and I saved a whole lot of feathers in an old pillowcase (or 6) and was looking for advice on cleaning them for use in a down comforter (the down, of course), and for craft and art use (mainly tail, neck and saddle feathers). Anyone have any experience with this? I hot water bathed them for plucking, but especially with the ducks, most of the feathers are pretty much dry, however, some are totally soaked. I have a woman that would love to buy these for her store (she decorates lamps and things with them for a re-home furniture store). With the down, I couldn't care about appearances, but I need the other feathers in good condition... any suggestions?
  2. hippiehen

    hippiehen wastefully exuberant

    Aug 27, 2008
    Utopia, Texas
    I wash mine with baby shampoo and lay them out to dry. Works great!

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