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#1 Flytyedryrepeat07

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 06:47 PM

I live in a area full of turkeys and I find them all over. Can I use them even if I don't cure them?



#2 Alex Hayes

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Posted 18 December 2019 - 03:38 AM

If you're just finding single feathers you shouldn't have to do anything to cure them, they should pretty much be good to go. You'll probably just want to give them a quick wash in water and some dish soap to clean them up and make them easier to use.

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 06:32 PM

Store them in moth balls or other repellent, otherwise you may infect all your stash. I learned the hard way. Wild birds carry critters.



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Posted 11 January 2020 - 11:42 PM

I agree with the moth balls trick. I have a friend who lost over $500 worth of feathers. Little moths lay eggs on the feathers, and before you know it, you are supplying a whole bunch of moths with food...your feathers. When he went to check his feathers, after I told him about using moth balls, all he has was dust where once he had feathers.