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PINFEATHER (n.) - A growing feather still enclosed in its horny sheath,
especially one just emerging through the skin.
(Are we allowed to use the phrase "horny sheath" in a family-friendly forum?)
After several months of give-and-take over the matter, Krikkit has finally gotten
to the point where under certain circumstances she will allow me to carefully de-
wax the pins on her head and neck -- which is good because frankly I can't stop
myself from messing with them!
The best way to achieve results, I find, is to carefully roll your thumb and fore-
finger to get other feathers out of your way, then get into a position where you
can pinch your fingernails together several times up & down the problem feather
to break up the wax as much as possible. It's getting her to hold still long enough
for me to do that which seems to be K's biggest objection.
On the other hand, she'll hold still from now 'til doomsday if I'm working on her tail-
feathers -- she'll stay motionless with her head down and her tail up and wait until
I'm all done -- despite how it looks, she doesn't get frisky or humpy afterwards!
BTW: I can also skritch the fluff under her wings without create a misunderstanding,
though I believe I've read here that doing so is a mating-related action. It's pretty
much only after a good rough-housing match that she tends to get overheated and
make unwelcome advances. (Hey, don't look at me -- she started it!)
Last edited by MiniFlock; 10-22-2011 at 12:45 AM.