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  1. #1
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    Chicagoland, IL, USA
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    Default Feather 'brush' if anyone interested

    Saw on another post about using a feather as a 'brush' to help get the bees off the bars as you're trying to close the hive.

    We've got 9 cockerals to put into Camp Frigidaire before November 3rd. They are roughly 5 months old, so they have lovely long tail feathers and long primary flight feathers. While this isn't 'adult' plumage....it's certainly strong enough to withstand use in the apiary. Anyone need a feather or two to make a brush out of?

    They're Black Java's - so the feathers are black with a green sheen. I'm thinking of charging for postage and maybe a buck or two for the envelopes....
    If interested, please pm me.
    Last edited by Life is Good!; 10-14-2013 at 08:09 AM. Reason: adding detail

  2. #2
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    Hudson, WI USA
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    Default Re: Feather 'brush' if anyone interested

    I saw a german youtube video where the lady was using what looked like a dried white goose wing. I have tried a few feathers my kids found and they work pretty well. I'm holding out for the goose...

  3. #3
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    Sep 2012
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    rockmart ga
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    Default Re: Feather 'brush' if anyone interested

    I use a wild turkey wing feather, they are stiff enough to move the girls along but won't damage them. Tail feathers might be too flimsy.

  4. #4
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    Reno, NV
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    Default Re: Feather 'brush' if anyone interested

    You can get packages of turkey quills from Tandy Leather. http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/e...s/5197-00.aspx
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  5. #5
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    Missoula, Montana
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    Default Re: Feather 'brush' if anyone interested

    i use a paint brush
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