Cool, I would be really hesitant to imp. I have no experience with it. It would probably be good to get some experience with imping before I get a Shortwing. I keep all of the feathers from the molt but that is more of an insurance policy... I hope to never need them. I am surprised there is no "artificial feathers" for sale on the net to imp with... maybe someday???
Have you used one of those feather straightners (uses heat)?
On a side note: Anybody else seen pictures of goshawks imped with a full train of Snowy Owl feathers? (I swear I have seen it like 3 times...)
Ya i have seen it in several apprentice books and even saw the original on the net somewhere. It seems to be a favorite for imping examples.
the pic you are lookin for is in "A Falocnry Manual"by Beebe. pg 61. My first redtail in her first moult broke a "blood" primary. I let her take care of it. Imean i cleaned it up but eventually sh epulled it out and a new grew out that season. Ifigured it has to happen in the wild she would know better what to do.