Talk:Down feather

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Avian flu[edit]

It has been suggested on this page that all down feathers are sterilized and thus not potential carriers of avian flu. I removed this because it was an authoritative health statement without documentation. When I did a Google search, I did not find much in the way of objective, informed views on the matter except an ambiguous NYT article and a timesonline article that seems to say quite the opposite. Can anyone dig up something more definitive? Thanks. -- Epastore 03:54, 19 May 2006 (UTC)

Power figures[edit]

The fill power figures do not make sense. Since a cm is smaller than an inch, the cm^3 figures should be higher than the in^3 figures. But they are smaller.

216.194.124.36 (talk) 23:28, 4 January 2008 (UTC)


With regard to the fill power figures. The cm^3 values are per Gram, the in^3 values per Ounce. A CM is ~0.39in but a gram is ~0.035oz. Would not the cm^3 values look smaller based on the weight difference?? 68.80.85.7 (talk) 04:36, 10 January 2008 (UTC)

Article merge[edit]

It has been suggested (way back in Dec. '08) that this article and powder down be merged. I can personally see no reason as to why we shouldn't—and it would help to expand two stub articles. Does anybody else have an opinion? MeegsC | Talk 13:53, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

Agree with the idea that powder down should be merged into this. Filoplume had a couple of articles linking into it and I have redirected that to this article. Shyamal (talk) 16:09, 26 May 2009 (UTC)
Merge. "Powder down" fits nicely here. —JerryFriedman (Talk) 04:08, 27 May 2009 (UTC)

It might be better to merge both Powder down and any info relevant to birds in Down feather into Feather, while the rest of the info in Down feather (relating to its use as insulation in human products) either stand alone or be merged into something like Thermal insulation. (Copied from WP Bird project talk page). Maias (talk) 04:56, 27 May 2009 (UTC)

I certainly would not want to see down feather merged with feather. If that were done, what of flight feather? There is surely space for a good article on down feathers, covering both bird-related and human aspects. But I would support merging powder down into down feather. SNALWIBMA ( talk - contribs ) 07:15, 27 May 2009 (UTC)