snipe feather help

baltic

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can anyone suggest an alternative to snipe feathers as Id like to tie some of my favourite flt snipe and purple but cant get ant snipe feathers?
 

snow white

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Why not just skin it put in plastic bag and send to him that’s what I do if somebody wants some feathers.
 

gmm243

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I didn't offer to skin it mainly because the feathers needed for a snipe and purple come from the wings,it is much easier for me to cut the wings off and dry them than going to the bother of skinning the birds.
 

jaybeegee

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Hi,
I shot some snipe and woodcock yesterday.If you would like I can snip the wings off and dry them.If you PM me your address I will post them when dry.Will prob take a few weeks to dry properly.

Gavin.
What is the best way to dry them Gavin?
Brendan
 

Sash

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Put them in the freezer in a plastic bag for a couple of weeks: that eliminates any pests. Then leave them in a paper bag with alum and/or borax: that preserves wings perfectly.
I did a bunch of Golden Plover wings a few years back and it all worked.
 

gmm243

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Honestly I do it very simply,my parents have an Aga in the kitchen.I cut the wings off ,into a ziplock bag in the freezer for a few days( to kill any insects) and put them on top of the kitchen cupboards for a few weeks (on top of newspaper).They dry out nice and quickly and stay preserved for years.My mother is very understanding!!I Have about 15 squirrels tails there at present which I have dyed plus some partridge wings for dog training. There are probably other ways to dry out wings but this has worked for me for nearly 30 years.
 

ackroyd

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We are fortunate to have an Aga as well. I hasten to add that it was already installed when we moved in. I simply dry wings and skins by leaving them in the lower (cooler) oven overnight. That seems sufficient to dry them completely and kill any bugs. I have never had any problems.
 

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i was just given a ring neck pheasant and threw it in the freezer a few days ago its a hummer
so when i take it outdo i cover it in salt to preserve it will table salt do ?
 

Paul_B

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i was just given a ring neck pheasant and threw it in the freezer a few days ago its a hummer
so when i take it outdo i cover it in salt to preserve it will table salt do ?

As said table salt is fine, butchers salt is better, my butcher gives me a scoopful from his 28kg sack ever now and again, butchers salt contains nitrates, better for curing but not good when eaten, bacon, gammon etc has been linked to cancer.
I think its ok when accompanied with eggs black pudding and mushrooms :thumbs:
 

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I've said this before, many times "Freezing natural materials DOES NOT KILL all infestations", it often just puts them into hibernation. Veniards, & most other suppliers now use microwaves (industrial sized versions) as it is the best option & by a long way. Being fast, has no noxious chemicals - extremely important - can be packed straight away, etc etc.
 

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