COLLECTING During the year captive birds (just like wild ones) do lose some feathers, which are eventually replaced with newer ones. Feather loss happens from many natural causes, including flight, grooming, fighting and mating - but the main feather loss occurrence is during moulting, which occurs once to twice per year. The older feathers fall off naturally and newer ones replace them. So most of the fallen feathers cannot be expected to be in top condition otherwise nature wouldn't allow them to fall off the bird to begin with, but a small percentage of high grade feathers will still fall off during a moult or other natural cause.
The fallen feathers are collected by our partners and sent to us for the next steps, below:
SORTING, WASHING & PRESENTING The feathers are sorted into different groups and then treated in a 9 stage process, that involves: cleaning, sanitising, removing mites (including their eggs) and drying. The treatment process is done expertly and gently, so the feathers remain true to their natural form and exactly like they fell from the bird, but only much cleaner. Feathers are then recorded, graded, measured, photographed and stored in an ideal environment (inside sealed bags) - ready to be shipped when purchased from our online store. Note: We do not artificially enhance feathers or colour dye them. Every feather we sell is 100% in it's natural colour and state.
GRADING Every feather has some value and this is why we developed the FEATHEX Grade & Value Scale. We use it to grade each feather, based on a combination of the physical and visual properties. Therefore, there are set rules on whatmakes each feather a particular grade and as such the quality/grade of our feathers is always consistent.
Mark's Products & Services (AKA: MP&S) T/AS: FeatherExchange.com is the world's No.1 Merchant of feathers from CITES listed Parrot, Cockatoo and Raptor species. All our feathers are naturally moulted from well looked-after birds in captivity. Being a specialist in feathers from CITES listed (and highly protected) bird species, such as Black Cockatoos for example - MP&S holds several Australian Government issued licenses to source and trade legally within Australia and internationally. It is illegal to commercially trade with these feathers within Australia or export them overseas without holding the appropriate Australian Government licensing. The laws are in place to protect these birds.MP&S offers a free support program for unlicensed customers that wish to resell their creations (including artwork) made from feathers that we supply. Please contact us for more information.