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Old 12-11-2018, 11:25 PM   #1
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Question Turkey Fan Question

I have had this fand salted and drying for a while now (like over a year). As you can see there was blood on the fan and the feathers have stuck together.

What is the best approach to making the feather full again? I have tried wiping them clean with a wet sponge, but feel I was making it worse.

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Old 12-11-2018, 11:25 PM   #2
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Old Yesterday, 06:40 AM   #3
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I'm hoping a taxidermist sees your post and offers his/her advice to you soon. If it were me, I'd try soaking the blood covered areas on the feathers with cool water to see if that would help. I'd be leery of using any harsh chemicals. If the water doesn't work, I'd try hydrogen peroxide - the kind you get in the grocery/drug store NOT the kind in the beauty parlors. I'd be ready to rinse the feathers off in cool clean water following the peroxide, and then shake the excess water off and let them air dry. Best of luck to you, please let us know how this comes out.

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I've never had good luck getting feathers like that back to normal either. If all else fails kill another one.
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I'm not a bird guy, but I do know the feathers need to be clean before you mount/dry them. Typically a wash in Dawn and water will get them clean, then a clear water rinse. A bird taxidermist will put them in a tumbler to dry and fluff the feathers .... then mount the bird (or in this case, the tail).
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Like TexTax said, dawn and water(I've always done before mounting). I use a hair dryer to dry and fluff.
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Try steaming them. I know it works on arrow feathers.
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