How to preserve peacock feathers

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Hello you!
So that the little songbird that I found yesterday didn't die completely in vain, here are instructions with its wings on how to prepare it:
1. Cut off the wings, this time I put the rest in an anthill, let's see what comes out
2. Fasten the outer wing end to the wood with nails or pins, then bring the rest of the wing into the desired position and fix it with three nails
3. Cover the fleshy areas completely with salt
4. Traditionally the native way: Off to the boiler room !!! : Mister C:
Good luck Thomas

I'll try it out on the next dead bird I find. Thanks for the guidance.

A family member (: saint:) found something in the forest. Will try to see if something can be saved. Thomas

Collecting parts of birds is only possible with special permission. At least in Germany. You can get a special permit, for example, if you write a book about e.g. birds. Then you can legally collect bird feathers or the like.
Writing a book can take a long time ;-)

Hello guest!

It is also forbidden in Austria to simply pick up dead birds and recycle them sensibly. The prohibition comes from the fact that when some people wanted feathers, they started shooting the birds. If you only have feathers, it is very difficult to determine whether the bird has been shot or not. When I find a bird I go to the hunter and ask him if he can have it. The: SCHOCK: then looks at me with big eyes and declares me a little crazy and so I'm 100% legal. Over time you get to know all the hunters in the area, and you build a good friendly relationship. Maybe our two hunters can tell us something about it in the forum? Have a nice day Thomas

If you buy an eagle feather from an eagle station, you get a certificate stating that you have officially purchased this feather. I. E. In Germany you need a certificate for every feather that you have legally purchased it, unless you have a general special permit.

LG, Tom

Is there actually a way to protect feathers or wings from "pests"? I had problems with mites (I think) eating holes and gradually dissolving the feathers. And that with red kite wings, I could have howled! : Head major:

Hello Oli!
Yes, I know that from my own experience.
The difficulty with this is that you do not know how long such a carcass has been lying and which animals are already living in it (moths, larvae of all kinds ...)
- Add salt briefly so that the moisture is drawn out. (approx. 1 day)
- Cover with something breathable (e.g. cotton, newspaper). Should be able to breathe and still not let in new animals.
- Let it dry out completely.
- When it is completely dehydrated, I have no longer had any problems with bugs.

Hi Thomas,
Thanks for the helpful advice, I'll try that with the salt the next time I find a bird, so far I've just let the whole thing dry.
The stupid thing is that not only whole wings, but also individual feathers are attacked by this mysterious feather eater. There is nothing on these feathers that could be salted.
Beetles or other insects in various stages can actually be ruled out as causers, they would hardly have gotten into the bag. There wasn't a single animal to be seen either. Hence my suspicion of mites.
Or wait a minute ... beetle tracks were visible on the floor, which led to the feathers at a moderate pace, and the pressure releases indicated an almost empty stomach: Detective:

Hello Oli!
And were they male or female traces? Maybe already pregnant? That could possibly explain the fast being eaten up by your feathers ...
Some have rubbed the feathers over boiling salt water, firstly so that the feathers close nicely when they are frayed, and also because of cleaning.
My wife puts herbs that may be infested with pests that cannot be seen with the naked eye in the freezer for a few days. In Samuel's school, too, parents whose children were repeatedly attacked by lice were recommended to treat all cuddly toys, hats, upholstery, etc. in this way. I could imagine that this could also work with your feathers.
Personal recommendation: even if the frozen food is sterile very quickly, women do not particularly love to store "gruesome" stuff like brains, raw skins etc. next to their chickens and pizzas !!!

Greetings Thomas

You might ask questions, Thomas! Male or female ... I don't really know ... Much of the track indicated a male beetle, but on the way to the feathers it stopped for a noticeable long time in front of the mirror. So maybe it was a beetle queen? I will probably have to drill some pitfalls in the parquet floor to catch the beast and look closely.
Boiling salt water? Why salt? Doesn't it stay behind when the water evaporates?
I've already done that with the freezer, since then it's been quiet. But is there anything you can do to prevent re-infestation? How is it handled in museums? Clear coat spray? There is the notorious museum beetle.
Animal parts in the freezer ...: Grin: Yeah ... we men have a hard time.
Listen away for a moment, Susanne.
Personal recommendation: Pack in several opaque plastic bags so that opening and looking is too time-consuming. If possible, write something on it, e.g. "leg of venison" on the bag with a brain. This works if everything is also deposited at the bottom with a lot of pizza and chicken on top. Keyword "dead space" in the freezer.
It gets more difficult with fur and whole animals because they are soft even when frozen. "Hare" is usually accepted as an answer with less nagging than "fresh deer blanket" or "feathers with some vermin on it".
Best wishes

..'m already half blind and half deaf looking away from the crowd and listening away !!

Hello Oli!
I talked to our bird expert today, he says the salt water thing is not recommended. (I got the tip from the natives, who were of this opinion). He said that moths and similar animals can only be killed by either very hot or very cold. (Freezer or oven). I don't know what to do about the new infestation, I've never had any problems with it myself, and I've had buzzard wings for years.
Mfg Thomas

Hi Thomas

Since Sabine is sure to kill me when I put my new Busard swing arm in the freezer, I was very pleased to read the message with the oven: Grins:

How warm should it be max.? Or how long should the feathers sizzle?



Hello Mathias!
Here Ralph's answer to your question:
It should be over 60 ° in any case, but not so hot that it cuddles you. Do a test with a spring. A glass of water is definitely a good addition. Protein cracks from 60 °.
I hope this helps!

Thanks Thomas

I'll try: fighters:



here is a beginner question:

I prepared a gull wing as you described it (ie fixed the wings and smeared salt on them). I'll pour more salt on it when I get home today.

But I have one question: will the wings get really stiff in the fixed position? Because I want to use the wing for smoking (to distribute the smoke).

Would be very, very grateful for your answer.

Hello Denise!
The wing will become stiff in the position in which you fixed it. Is then of course ideally suited for smoking - it has been done this way for thousands of years in a wide variety of cultures!
Have fun with it
P.S .: What kind of seagull did you find? (Black-headed gull, herring gull ...?)

hello unknown,

Thanks to your nice instructions, dear survival, I quickly and instructively opened the wing of a "road kill" pheasant. the pheasant is there for christmas ...

not just as a thank you: a film that may be known, but is worth mentioning again under:

first part of a video series about survival skills. worth seeing!?



how about putting individual feathers in a vessel, smoking them over a fire with wet grass and such?

is just an idea

Anyway, I want to try it out

a little late but I did it now ..
and so far my wings and feathers haven't been eaten away: cool:

but you would have to make several attempts to get a clear result

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