Stench in Feathers?..

Jay C

Active Member
#2
Sounds like you got them from a hunter friend, scrape any meat/fat off if you can. Then use salt to help dry them out. Then borax after that, be sure to keep them away from your other materials until you are sure they are dried and bug free.
 

Teenage Entomologist

Gotta love the pteronarcys.
#3
There's no meat and/or fat on the feathers. I did get them from a "hunter friend". So just pour some borax in the bag of feathers and let them dry, or lay the capes out in the garage on a flat surface and let them dry with the borax on them?
 

David Dalan

69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E
#6
I second salting the hell out of them. Or drop them in the freezer for a couple of months. I have some capes and hare masks that are funky as hell too. I figure its legit scent for my carp flies :)

But really, if you salt them till they are cardboard stiff most of the funk should leave. Can also soak them overnight in a super salty brine and then dry outside. Should get crunchy.
 

Preston

Active Member
#7
Borax is a much better choice for drying and curing bird skins. Salt is hydrophilic, attracting and absorbing moisture and in humid weather will cause the skin to become damp and sticky. Be sure to use straight borax and not Boraxo which is a mixture of borax and soap.
 

skyrise

Active Member
#11
+ 1 for Borax. bag them per each in a ziplock bag. 1 cape/neck/tail group per bag. i put mine in the garage where its cool temp wise. i used ample borax, then just shake the bag to get the feathers coated good. and leave em for at least a month.
 

Preston

Active Member
#13
As above, Boraxo is a mixture of borax and soap. It would probably not have the same drying properties as straight borax and would add who-knows-what additional things like surfactants, perfumes, etc.
 

Preston

Active Member
#15
I think you'd be better off with borax; I haven't looked lately, but I don't think finding a box of borax shoild be all that difficult. Any large supermarket should carry it.