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What the heck is a pin feather?

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I recently went with a buddy to get a goose mounted, and the taxidermist said it would be a pain in the butt to mount a goose with alot of pin feathers, and neither of us have a clue what a pin feather is??
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Pin feathers are feathers that are not fully developed. Feathers grow from within a "sheathing" that ends up being the hard tip. When they are in the growing phase and are rolled within the sheathing, they are called pin feathers.

It may be sometimes hard to spot them, but are very noticeable when you skin the bird. If you notice a blue colour to them, that is actually blood and if you squeeze a pin feather, it will pop out the end.
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