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What is the best way. Should I throw them in the washer and dryer?

Little Bit farm

-- Little Bit Farm (, July 24, 2003


Well I did put them in the washer and dryer. This worked very well. The bag was not too full. I think that worked to my advantage. I also think that it is very effective to use nice smelly detergent, and plenty of dryer sheets. The rest of the story of this project, is that I did all this last month, only to have my son take the bag outside while I was butchering last night. He thought I would want to put new feathers in with the old. I told him that I needed a new pillowcase and to take the other feathers back inside. However, he neglected to and all the feathers I spent so much time washing and drying, were spread all over the lawn by the dogs!

Little bit farm

-- Little Bit Farm (, September 02, 2003.

Okay Scott, although your post does invite some gentle humor, I will refrain. The first question I have: Is the duck alive?

Little bit Farm

-- Little Bit Farm (, November 14, 2003.

my mothers, put them into a pillow case, on gentle cycle, with a very mild soap

-- Stan (, July 24, 2003.

I wash them in a pillow case but make real sure that end is secure- what a mess if it opens! LOL!! After having a washer full of feathers I finally started using a running stitch with my sewing machine to make real sure no feathers would escape. I almost ruined my machine -the fine feathers will plug up your septic/sewer lines. I use a product that works great on getting the feathers clean & smelling fresh but not flowery. Kathy

-- Kathy (, July 24, 2003.

Don't the ducks drown when you put them in the washmachine?

-- JAY (, July 25, 2003.

depends if you use gentle cycle or regular

-- Stan (, July 25, 2003.

I'm new to this area and need to know the best way to get the feathers off the duck first... go easy on me, I'm a bit of a city boy. A friend of mine gave me a wood duck for fly tying... come to find out it was the whole duck!!! Any good tactics that 1- won't get me sick and 2- will preserve them for fly tying??? Any advice would be appreciated!

-- Scott Walton (, November 14, 2003.

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