Goose down bedding is one of the quality bedding used today for various purposes. There are different bedding elements available today including Hungarian goose down duvet, pillow, etc. Have you ever wondered about the origin and manufacturing process of these bedding elements?
Let us first understand what is Down?
Down is the undercoating of birds feathers like a swan, goose, or duck. It feels very fluffy and soft when touched. It is used as a natural filling and stuffing today for bedding as well as clothing. It is designed to keep the body warm. Body feathers of some of the birds like duck, geese, etc are also used to stuff pillows, warm clothing’s, bedding, etc.
The arrival of down and feathers
The majority of the down and feather approximately 80% are produced in China and 90% of these down are from ducks. These birds are basically raised for eggs, foe greys, and meat. Down bedding manufacturing companies purchase the down or feathers from these industries to directly support them. Along with China, some other producers are Hungary, The European Union, The US, Poland, Turkey, etc.
Down Removing Process
There are basically three methods are used to remove the down and body feathers. All the three are mentioned below:
a. Post Mort-em
In this process, the down and feathers are removed when the bird is dead. The bird is killed for the flesh or some internal organ and then the feather or down is removed. The dead body of the bird is dropped in the hot water for two to three minutes and then the body feathers are plucked out by hand.
b. Live Plucking
This method includes plucking of the feathers or down of the bird when it is alive. The bird is held down and the required feathers are torn out from the skin. After removing the feather, the bird is left to recover the lost feathers. This process repeats in every 5 to 6 weeks.
Gathering refers to the removing or collection of ripped feathers that are ripe due to moulting phenomenon. Combing or brushing actions are used to remove the feathers which are likely to fall out.
It has been found out by down and feather industries that the majority of feathers and down are collected when the bird died for some other purposes like for flesh, or internal organs. The documentation suggests that, in reality, 50 to 60% of down and body feather comes from live birds. Down feathers are the by-products of the meat and egg industries which are very much profitable.
These downs and feathers have made our life and sleep luxuriously. They are widely used across the world to get extreme warmth in the body in a natural way.