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Freezing kills feather infesters?

2006/9/13 18:28
From chester ct
Posts: 204
I found some little critters eating one of my hackle capes. I gave them 2 10 second bursts of microwave and am pretty sure that did them and their eggs in. But the chicken fat melted a bit and got some of the feathers a little oily.

Will freezing for a few days do in the critters and eggs?


Posted on: 2012/6/8 18:33

Re: Freezing kills feather infesters?

2010/10/13 18:55
From Jonestown, PA
Posts: 0
Best thing to do is soak 'em in a mild dish detergent and lukewarm water solution for a half hr or so, dry 'em out, borax and store them accordingly.

Posted on: 2012/6/8 21:44
Let's go Pens.

Re: Freezing kills feather infesters?

2006/9/11 13:33
From Lehigh Valley
Posts: 2
Les - The surest way to guarantee you kill the eggs is to store the skin in mothballs containing paradichlorobenzene.

Some mothballs contain napthalene - that won't cut it.

If one skin is infested, others may be as well. Keep a mothball in each bag you store your capes in. Those critters can eat right through the bags.


Posted on: 2012/6/9 7:35
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Re: Freezing kills feather infesters?

2009/2/10 16:30
From SE PA
Posts: 1711
For the freezer method to work you have to get below -10 F. Most freezer compartments of refrigerators don't get that low.

I use the mothball approach per Heritage's suggestion.

Posted on: 2012/6/12 11:10

Re: Freezing kills feather infesters?

2006/9/18 16:54
From Oxford, Chester Co. and Reedsville, Mifflin Co. PA
Posts: 69
Not a expert on these matters but I have a little experience preparing and using wild game bird feathers. I tan using salt and borax until all the fat is completely dried out. This is easiest in winter using the intense dry heat of the wood stove.

The microwave may be better than the freezer. Freezing tends to preserve rather than destroy. But the mocrowave boils the critters liquid parts and definitely kills. After tanning, I microwave for 20 seconds. Haven't had a problem yet - knock wood.

Posted on: 2012/6/12 12:18

Re: Freezing kills feather infesters?

2007/10/7 0:44
From philadelphia
Posts: 139
and remember to quarantine all new feathers. leave roadkill isn't worth it.

Posted on: 2012/6/12 14:28

Re: Freezing kills feather infesters?

2006/10/18 15:46
From Patterson twp, Pa (Beaver Falls)
Posts: 300

shakey wrote:
leave roadkill isn't worth it.

Sounds like someone is speaking from experience??????

Posted on: 2012/6/12 15:14
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Re: Freezing kills feather infesters?

2011/3/1 13:42
From Emmaus
Posts: 1
You'd need a chest freezer without a frost-free setting to ensure that the temperature stays below -5 F. Freeze for 2 days, thaw for 1, freeze for another 2 days. This allows any eggs to think it is spring and begin to hatch. The second freeze will kill off anything left.

Posted on: 2012/6/12 16:56

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