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Washing feathers

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#1 Woodenlegs


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Posted 14 May 2019 - 05:18 AM

I know this isnt a swap but I need information.
Hows the best way to wash and dry s batch of turkey
wing feathers?

#2 flytire


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Posted 14 May 2019 - 06:18 AM

not sure there is a best way but....


dish soap and warm water. rinse. let dry on towel or paper towel


works with bucktail should be okay for feathers



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Posted 14 May 2019 - 06:22 AM

Wash in warm water and dish soap.  Do NOT wash in the kitchen sink.  If you have a utility sink fine, or use a large bucket.  Rince, and smothe the feathers into shape if needed.  Lay out on newspapers or old towels to dry.  While doing all that try to keep the lefts and right separated.  Then pair up as best you can.

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Posted 14 May 2019 - 07:20 AM

I use Dawn dish detergent and warm water. You can use a big bowl to soak them in too. It doesn't take a long time to just get surface dirt, blood residue, etc. out either. Just soak them for a half hour or so, swishing them around a few times. If you don't have tons of feathers, you can use a blow dryer to help speed up the drying process. I use one after I've dyed or washed both feathers and dubbing. 




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Posted 14 May 2019 - 01:07 PM

For feathers I also use Dawn dish detergent and warm water like mvendon said.

Soak till all residue is gone.

Material with skin on I soak over night because I know everything will be gone.

Drying: hang to dry inside or outside or use a blow dryer.

I prefer to hang all my materials outside in the sun to dry as it requires less of my time.

If feathers are loose tie them together by the quills then hang.


I deboned and washed some whole turkey wings last year.

After hanging to dry and while skin was still pliable I tacked them skin side up to some plywood then covered any skin with borax. 

When the skin was dry in 5 to 7 days I removed the borax and stored wings in a zip lock bag as I do all my materials.