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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.

#5 Flytyedryrepeat07

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 06:25 PM

That sucks. Thanks for the tips, I should be able to tie some nice flys with the feathers around here.



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Posted 23 March 2020 - 12:19 PM

Use a specific type of moth balls. Made with paradichlorobenzene...not naphthalene. The para stuff kills critters...the napth does not!!

You can also use pieces of "Hot Shot" no pest strips to kill the little buggers as well.

Put everything into a sealed Tupperware type container for 30 days.


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