stripping rhea

Tim Cottage

Formerly tbc1415
Although I have not tried this specifically with Rea, a bit of hair conditioner in your soaking bath does wonders to soften most other feathers, including the stem. You will need to experiment with amounts and soak times. If the feathers have been bleach or dye burned (a far too common occurrence), the effect of the conditioner will be less but still worth a try. If your supplier consistently supplies brittle feathers find a new supplier.