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experimenting using a quill to strum

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Comment by folkfan on August 7, 2012 at 9:32am

Birds can carry the virus and transmit it through mosquito bites to humans and other mammals.  I just commented about not picking up the feathers as some states seem to be more aggressive when it comes to sticking to the letter of the law about migratory birds than other states do.  And that if someone just goes out and picks up feathers without taking some precautions then the possibility of disease comes into play.  Like snitching a quill from a road kill.   

Or carrying parasites home on goose turd covered shoes.      And everywhere there are geese there are turds.   Some of the parking lots and parks near any body of water around here are nigh on knee deep in the stuff.  Blasted geese.  

Fleas and lice UGH. I had an incident with bird lice when I cleaned out a bird house.  I took of the bottom and realized that there were still critters living in the box.  YUCK   Made my skin crawl.

Comment by Patty from Virginia on August 6, 2012 at 3:26pm

FF, I'm not sure how it is where you live but in my neck of the woods West Nile Virus is contracted by mosquito bites. Also, bird flu is linked to poultry farms. My state has strict guidelines as I'm sure other states do too for farming practices.  I did want to post something about Resident Geese because they are problematic for my area especially for farmers that is why the USFWS and our VDGIF along with the Dept. of Agriculture issued depredation orders. My husband and I hunt and fish. We always take the necessary precautions most of which are common sense. Did you know that you can catch a disease from a pet store pet? Pet Iguanas are notorious for carrying salmonella.  Also, and I'm sure my health care friends could give input on this, hospitals and nursing homes can harbor very dangerous bacteria. I have a friend who is battling CDiff currently which she contracted at the hospital. Unfortunately there are dangers everywhere but I think when people take common sense precautions and follow guidelines they'll be just fine. My dog got fleas this spring We got rid of them. She's okay and we are too  Okay John K. no flea got me laughing so hard the other night I about fell on the floor

Comment by folkfan on August 6, 2012 at 11:01am

Patty,  I think part of my caution about picking up feathers or getting near dead birds, comes from the West Nile Virus and bird flu.   Here in Illinois we lost flocks of various birds a few years ago to disease.  There were dead birds every where and we were cauctioned about not picking them up, but report the birds to the correct state dept.   I used to have a backyard that hummed and chirped with life and then it was all gone.  Though this year I have seen 1 cardinal, a couple of robins, and a hummingbird.  There are some huge flocks of Canada geese at different areas in the surrounding villages but even those aren't the sky darkening flocks of years ago, and people are warned against going near them.  Fleas, lice,  and parasites in the poop are frequently mentioned. 

Also a few years back, I remember reading about a weaver who had picked up feathers an added them to a wall hanging.  She was fined for possession of illegal bird feathers.  

So I don't want to dissuade anyone from trying playing by quills, but to take some precautions with the type of quill they get and how they get it.  That's all.  

Comment by Sam on August 6, 2012 at 8:55am

We have similar legislation here, but so far I can only find it in place for agricultural activities. Canada geese have devastated large sections of a formerly beautiful area here. Due to a burgeoning overpopulation situation it's only a matter of time until nature steps in and disease will do the job our ... ahem ... wildlife management folks won't. 

Comment by Patty from Virginia on August 6, 2012 at 8:33am

Just to clear up something in reference to Resident Canada Geese. The USFWS, Feds, have issued depredation orders for Resident Canada Geese in my state. You can read about it here, I'm not sure about other states. You can check your DNR. I only know that Resident Canada Geese are a major problem in my state.

Comment by Patty from Virginia on August 5, 2012 at 6:44pm

Robin, Thanks for the advice. I did try the in-strum and it is easier. And yes, I do need more control.

Comment by Robin Clark on August 5, 2012 at 6:12pm

Hi Patty,

Have a go at holding the quill a little more towards the middle rather than right at the fat end.  Also have a go at working off an in-strum lead rather than an out-strum lead.  You'll get a little more control by holding the quill at its balance point.  And an in-strum lead comes off the melody string last and so emphasises the melody over the drones.

Comment by Patty from Virginia on August 4, 2012 at 10:41pm

Sorry FF, these feathers were on private property, already molted and in poor condition. They were either going to get picked up or mowed up. I thought I would pick them up before they got chopped up in the mower.  And yes I will pick up feathers on my private property. If the feds want to put me in prison for picking up feathers on my private property then so be it

Comment by folkfan on August 4, 2012 at 9:33pm

Can't spell tonight  "residents"

Comment by folkfan on August 4, 2012 at 9:32pm

Safer to buy goose feathers from a craft store rather than pick up molted feathers, as Canada geese are covered by Federal law.  It's actually a legal no-no to have the bird, it's parts including feathers, nests, eggs etc. in your possesion.   Even if the Canada geese are permanent  local residence who are really bad neighbors (poop all over the place)

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