"Sterilizing" wild feathers

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dale_connally
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"Sterilizing" wild feathers

Post by dale_connally » Tue Apr 17, 2007 6:58 am

Have a friend willing to give me some "freshdead" turkey quills. What do I need to do with them to make sure no critters get into my Whiting hackles. I know keeping them separate is an obvious answer, but would freezing them render them safe?
Thanks in advance.
Dale

Danny S
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Post by Danny S » Tue Apr 17, 2007 10:39 am

I have read before to put them in a sealed zip-lock bag and then into the freezer for a couple of days. Have also heard of folks putting some materials in the microwave for a short time (don;t know, but it seems that could degrade them?). I have some turkey, duck and pheasant from several years ago. I did not know about the freezing then, so I have always just kept them in a zip-lock bag, completely separate from hackle feathers. No problems.

spiny norman
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Post by spiny norman » Wed May 16, 2007 4:05 pm

You can also hold them over a very smoky fire for a while. Be careful not to burn them.
(I'm assuming you are trying to kill off the feather mites.)
Death, taxes and leaky waders.

dale_connally
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Post by dale_connally » Wed May 16, 2007 8:58 pm

Gonna try the freezer. Thanks Guys!
Dale

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