I know a few people who have peacock eye feathers. I always guessed they were lucky people who just happened to be around a peacock when it dropped a quill. Maybe it molted it, or maybe the feather got stuck in something when it opened its tail to display it for the lady peacocks, or pea hens. I recently found that you can buy them online at Featherstore.com. In fact, they sell them in bunches of 100.
Where do they get the feathers? Are there peacock farmers that just walk behind the peacocks and wait for something to drop? I was afraid that peacocks were killed and skinned for their feathers, but recently I found out differently. When peacocks molt, they start to drop their beautiful eye tail feathers as well as sword feathers. The peacock farmer just needs to be quick to pick them up before they get too trampled or soiled. A peacock can lose 5-10 feathers a day. If you have ten, then you may get 100 feathers a day if allowed to fall naturally. So, if you have a few peacocks, you can easily gather up many.
If a feather is ready to come out, but just hanging in there for whatever reason, you can give it a gentle tug and it will come out without pain to the bird. However, if you get eager and try to pull it out prematurely, the bird may bleed just a tiny bit. Be patient! The easiest and best way is just to let them fall naturally.
It doesn’t take too many peacock feathers to make an impact because they are long and beautiful. Isn’t it nice to know that you can use them in your crafts, clothing, or decor without worrying that the bird was harmed? In fact, the birds are being done a favor by having their yard picked up after.