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Old 06-19-2000, 11:36 PM   #4
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I have a bias against painted feathers. Seems to me that once the veins "split," they can't be put together again. If you look at a natural feather, you will notice that the veins have little "zippers." Unpainted feathers can be "re-zipped," where painted feathers' zipper "teeth" break because of the paint.

(This is where a visual aid comes in REALLY handy!)

Anyway, my advice is to steer clear of painted feathers. OTR mentioned Canada goose, macaw, and pheasant. I add turkey (cinnamin looks good), domestic goose and peahen WING feathers to that list.
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