pinfeather


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pinfeather

[′pin‚feth·ər]
(vertebrate zoology)
A young, underdeveloped feather, especially one still enclosed in a cylindrical horny sheath which is afterward cast off.
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Feathers, pinfeathers and down should all come off at the same time.
Not all birds will be covered in pinfeathers during the first split season, but there's a good chance they will.
Lipman helped develop a process of taking one purebred strain of chickens, matching it with another, ``and what came out was a broiler that was fast-growing, and would have very few pinfeathers.
Grade A poultry has a good shape~structure, fat covering, and is free of pinfeathers and defects such as cuts and bruises.
But at The Nature Conservancy's new Gray Davis Dye Creek Preserve, in the Sacramento Valley near Red Bluff, the worlds of pinstripes and pinfeathers collided with happy results.
I've been plucked so many times I'm right down to the pinfeathers.
The nestlings were completely naked with dark brown skin and their eyes were closed, their gapes were light yellow and pinfeathers were just beginning to be visible in all tracts except on the head (Fig.
If there are lots of pinfeathers in the duck, forget it as a bird for taxidermy because the duck will never look right.
When it finished moving, I picked it up by its feet and plunged it into an iron kettle of boiling water, plucking it after it cooled off and singeing the pinfeathers.
They also have fewer feathers in general which helps to reduce pinfeathers at processing time on these colored birds.
Well, when a piece such as the one now beside us can command prices of up to $35,000, it isn't exactly pinfeathers.
We observed one nest being depredated by an American Crow and another failed nest had remains of a torn wing with pinfeathers directly underneath (K.