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Those eggs were probably from a Dermestid beetle they have a tendency to eat mounted animals and apparently fly tying gear.
 

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Just a quick add-on to storage thoughts. The plastic coffee 'can' used by Folger seem to be a good option for long term storage, once the feathers/fur are known clean.

While not offering the convenience of visibility of glass, they bounce better, and can be labeled. My buddy and I are going over to them at this time. We will still use the zip-locks to keep colors (Maribou, etc.) separated, and pull out what we need, when we need it. If you have access to the large clear plastic jars, all the better.

Wille be watching for something to store long feathers (Pheasant/turkey, etc.) and let you know if we find something.
 

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Pappy- your longer feathers can be stored in the long rubbermaid containers that they make for things like silverware (I guess that's what you might put in one). At any rate, it's a long, flat tote. The feathers lie in there nicely. Also, I'm finding that if I put my mothballs in a ziploc and then poke a couple of pinholes in it, I can get the same effectiveness as placing a plain mothball on the packaged feathers (if that makes sense). It keeps the mothball from coming into direct contact with the feathers and offers the same protection.
 

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fishhunter said:
...long rubbermaid containers that they make for things like silverware

...Also, I'm finding that if I put my mothballs in a ziploc and then poke a couple of pinholes in it, I can get the same effectiveness as placing a plain mothball on the packaged feathers (if that makes sense). It keeps the mothball from coming into direct contact with the feathers and offers the same protection.
Thanks for the hint... will go looking for the containers.

With the mothballs in ziplocks, seen any reaction to the plastic fron the contact with the mothballs??

Thanks ;D
 

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I once took home some fur from a road kill, big mistake, ruined about $500.00 in capes I had stored near the fur. I don't pick up road kill anymore, been temped but remember what happened in the past. I've heard others say that putting the materials in the freezer for a time will help kill the little critters. Haven't tried it myself.
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If you use the freezer method, freeze it for a couple weeks, then thaw it out to room temp in a dark spot for a week, then re-freeze. Might want to do that 2-3 times. Larvae and adults will be killed by freezing, but eggs won't. Keep it in ziplocks for the process.

With capes, I wash in mild detergent, rinse, then a wash in Woolite, and another rinse. I dry between towels, flat, and with some light weight on top for a few days. Then staple to posterboard, and slip into zip-lock bags.

I don't recommend washing fur, as the hide shrinks. If you get an uncured hide, nail it out to dry hair side down, with salt and borax rubbed in (salt for preservation, Borax for fat absorbtion). When dry, cut off what you will use in the near future, and store the rest in a cool, dry, rodent-proof spot (zip-locked, of course) BE SURE it is dry before it goes in the bags! Can get nasty otherwise.

Loose feathers can be washed in Woolite if needed, and than towel dried until almost dry. Then into a pillowcase with a hair-drier blowing in to fluff them for finish. Then sort and zip in a bag.

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Pappy - I haven't seen any damage to the zip locs from the mothballs, other than the holes I punched with a pin. I've only been doing this a couple of weeks, though, so there may be some degredation over time. I'll keep an eye on it.
 

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fishhunter,

My concern is mainly around the plastic 'melting' and getting sticky. Had that happen years ago, but plastics have changed a lot since then. Fortunately it was only some low-grade Indian capes. Never tried it since, but might be time to try again.

Thanks!
 
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