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.
light as pinfeathers, the ones your great-grandmother, after 5,000 miles
In a matter of a few days Little Bird was growing and sprouting pinfeathers.
To easily remove pinfeathers from a chicken, rub the bird with salt first.
As spring passed into the summer, the ducklings quickly outgrew their box and lost their pinfeathers.
A day was set, and all employees, children and a neighbor or two joined forces to kill, scald, pluck feathers, singe pinfeathers, cut up and place the chicken parts into freezer containers.
They were especially popular as a market bird in New York and New Jersey because their black pinfeathers quickly let consumers know whether a bird had been properly plucked.
Even so, many feathers and pinfeathers remain; Reed says that about 70 workers downstream of evisceration are devoted entirely to removing residual feathers.
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.
Notes accumulate under and around her like brush strokes, like paychecks; like all the pinfeathers required to make one airworthy wing, angel white or hen brown.
The skulls, for example, which play a role in his vanitas paintings, are almost startlingly un-bonelike, and though he captures well the plucked flesh and claw-skin of suspended turkey, the pinfeathers are something of an embarrassment, as though he tried too hard.