Featherbed & Pillows InfoAbout Feather Pillows and Featherbeds, courtesy of St. Geneve:
feathers are about 1" to 2" long, and are grown by the bird to protect
the body and the underlying down. Body feathers have a definite curve
in the quill. This curve imparts a certain amount of spring, which
makes these feathers very suitable for featherbeds, feather pillows,
and feather & down blends.
There is a dramatic difference in the filling power and support between flight feathers and body feathers. There is also a noticeable difference in the price, as the body feather is obviously considerably more desirable.
For Quality Sleep
High quality body feathers will make an enormous difference to the quality, comfort, and longevity of pillows and featherbeds. A good quality featherbed is very bulky, as well as much more costly. Poor quality featherbeds and pillows filled with flight feathers are relatively inexpensive. Any feather filled product will need to be shaken and fluffed up occasionally. Body feathers respond to this very well, and flight feathers in any form will not fluff up due to their flatness.