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    Default Re: Wild Duck Feathers..

    I think that they are the feather under the wing just above the legs.

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    Default Re: Wild Duck Feathers..

    Wash all your flank feathers in warm water and DAWN dish soap, lay them out on a towel to dry, you will be good to go.
    Popperfly >-<(((((*>

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    Default Re: Wild Duck Feathers..

    since I have been doing this going on 40+ years i can tell you borax for our feathered friends and salt for mammels and such. borax the bird skins and place between sheets of newspaper, then add a weight on top and let sit for a week or 2. animals take longer to do, make sure you flesh (scrape all fat and meat off) then stretch skins on boards and add a coating of salt. stand on end and place some cardboard under to collect fat, blood and water that runs of. once dryed 2-4 weeks you can store in a dry container. I use moth balls or crystals in my containers to keep any other nasties out. as for the bugs on a carcass once it cools off they will die or leave looking for another host (non-human) so freezing and nuking is not nessasary. if the is a lot of blood and dirt you can wash first in a mild detergent (dawn for dishes is great) then pat dry and continue with the preserving process. for loose feather just place in container and add a little borax or mothcrystals done.
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