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Castle Farm



Joined: 17 Sep 2008
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Location: Powys/Hereford Border.Near Hay-on-Wye
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 09 10:01 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

There is quite a market for capes from game fowl.
A good condtion cape from a well feathered bird can make 70 or more.

Tavascarow



Joined: 06 Aug 2006
Posts: 8407
Location: South Cornwall
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 09 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The best capes & saddles (the long back feathers) come from 2nd year birds (killed after 2nd moult) I think, but like CF says they can command a good price.
I've sold silver & buff sussex saddles before but they didn't command such a high price.
Still haven't mastered skinning the capes off them, by the time I've finished its not fit to feed to flies let alone tie flies from them.
The best ones come from birds bred purely for that purpose.

Tavascarow



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Location: South Cornwall
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 09 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Website for what claims to be the worlds largest fly tying feather farm.
Interesting how they do it.
According to their blurb the birds would moult naturally twice a year?

Mrs R



Joined: 15 Aug 2008
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 09 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wow 70,000 birds in air conditioned buildings just for feathers

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