Peacocks

Rob_N

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An unexpected bonus - a peacock and his hen walked down my road. Hmm..

It turned out they have been wandering around for a while, and my neighbour had a stash of feathers. Which she swapped for a couple of trout. Should last me a while.

So I tied a few diawl bachs this morning. I’m a very average tyer..
 

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shpeil

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Good stuff! I take it that the feathers get shed naturally?
 

Rob_N

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Yes, I did a bit of research - they shed them naturally, mostly after the end of the mating season. Hopefully they’ll evade the foxes, and there’ll be plenty of feathers to come...
 

Rob Edmunds

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When the males get older the " eyes" on the feathers get bigger.....these are ideal for " stripped quill " buzzers.

Either rub the individual strand of feather with an eraser to strip the fluff off......or put in a very mild bleach and water solution for 30 seconds..

If you google it you can watch video on you tube
 

taffy1

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When the males get older the " eyes" on the feathers get bigger.....these are ideal for " stripped quill " buzzers.

Either rub the individual strand of feather with an eraser to strip the fluff off......or put in a very mild bleach and water solution for 30 seconds..

If you google it you can watch video on you tube
Yes I've heard that, birds of 2 years & older yield the better quills. (y)
 

Paul_B

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I wish I had another supply of the small blue body feathers, I've even considered buying a bird, but the early morning wake up call puts me off
 

4wings

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Apparently there are "a lot in the wild" we had a pair stroll into our back garden one morning
they stayed until late afternoon.
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diawl bach

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A couple of local farms have peacocks on the loose, one by a fishing club car park. Years ago my mate returned to his car, the reflective metallic paint had fooled the peacock into attacking it to the point that there was blood all over the door panels on one side, it had smashed itself up in its frenzy. His paintwork was so badly scratched he had to have it filled and resprayed.

Had a similar experience with some balwen sheep we took off the road and shut up behind a gate near the cars, the balwens are quite a wild breed. Heard a hell of a lot of thumping and found the sheep attacking their reflections, no serious damage that time.
 

Rob_N

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Paul_B if I can get hold of the small blue feathers I’ll let you know and post some to you. I’m not sure if they shed those naturally. I think the birds belong to a stables across the road, when the Covid lockdown ends I’ll pop over there.
 

Paul_B

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Paul_B if I can get hold of the small blue feathers I’ll let you know and post some to you. I’m not sure if they shed those naturally. I think the birds belong to a stables across the road, when the Covid lockdown ends I’ll pop over there.
Thank you :)
 
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