SO what happens to the goose?

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  1. Beryl

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    I know the shuttle's feathers are made of goose's but of what goose? Dead goose? If it's from live goose, will the goose be hurt/ still be able to fly + keep warm? Sorry for sounding silly, but no one's ever seem to talk about this before and animal rights are just as important as badminton!
     
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    The feather comes from dead goose. The gooses are slaughtered for protein and the feather is a by product.

     
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    SO what happens to the goose?

    It's in somebody's stomach?
     
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    hmm dont personal know anyone who eats goose meat where im at. havent personally seen the meat either.
    anyone knows where goose meat in common? and is there a proper term for goose meat?

    cheers
     
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    Can also buy roast goose at chinese bbq restaurants/stores, in addition to the other stuff like roast duck, roast pig, etc.
     
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    Some posts ago, someone mentioned that only feathers from the left-wing is used. So at the slaughter-house, there must be someone supervising the plucking of feathers, is this right?

    Anyone have any in-depth articles on this?

    -dave
     
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    reality is i think the top grade goose feathers are plucked while a goose being fatten on the farm. ie a goose can provide several cycle of harvest of feathers before it is finally put to slaughter house.

    For the lower grade feathers, especially ducks, i think the good feathers are plucked before being sent to the slaughter house. I'm not too sure on this one, whether feathers are pluck before or after boiling them (to remove all the feathers)
     
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    I wonder if it make a difference if the ducks are right-winged or left-winged.

    After all, so many top badminton players are left-handed.
     
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    By the way, another topic related to this, is goose feather becoming harder or more expensive to get ? The dealer I normally get my shuttlecocks from told me the price for each tube increases by 50 cents because of the increasing cost to get goose feather. I am not sure that is true, just want to find out if I was being ripped off.
     
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    i guess they eat them after they have taken the feather

    Cantonese do eat goose

    they are tasty
     
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    It might just be possible. Asia did have the Avian 'flu recently. Although there were no reports of geese affected, one cannot discount the possibility of stocks being slaughtered to help contain spread of virus.
     
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    Do geese get plucked multiple times before being slaughtered? I know chickens are slaughtered at about 10 - 12 weeks old. If this is similar for geese, there doesn't seem to be enough time for feathers to grow and then regrow.

    With chickens, they are put in a big container with hot water and rubber fingers on the bottom and sides. The bottom then spins, creating a whirlpool, and the rubber fingers then remove the feathers. If this is the same process for ducks, I am sure the useful feathers are plucked beforehand.
     
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    Feathers

    There's a website for a Chinese company that makes shuttles. According to them, they select feathers from the floor of farm buildings where the geese are kept. The building is a vast hall with thousands of geese and the floor is covered in a thick carpet of feathers that have fallen off. Apparently the geese shed feathers continuously like people shed hair.

    They collect the feathers in giant bags and sort them out at the shuttlecock factory. It says they only use feathers from the tip of the left wing.

    It didn't say anything about what happens to the geese, but I assume they must be used for meat eventually (and fois gras, maybe? :crying: ).
     
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    Goose or Chicken or Duck is surely very tasty in either way :cool:
    And they are just common food for people, especially Asians.

    So, I am not too worried about them :p
    (I guess they probably kill them first, and then, collect the feathers, and then, cook them)
     
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    There's a saying which goes mainly for the cantonese if I'm not wrong, it goes something like, 'They eat anything that flies except for a plane, and anything with legs except for table.' Now you guys don't start criticizing this, I know you get the general picture.

    It's just something I heard.

    Cheers
     
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    all i've heard is that we chinese are known for 'eating anything under the sun'.

    anyone had monkey meat before? i did. it was an accident. :eek:
     
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    In addition to that:
    "They eat anything that swims in Ocean except submarines"

    :D:D
     
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    chibe, here is more info on the shuttle prices:

    http://www.badmintoncentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=15801&highlight=flu+feather
     
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    i wonder why feathers from the right wings aren't used. I thot they should be mirror image of the left sided feather.
     

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