Duck down is derived from the layer of fine fluffy feathers found under the tougher exterior feathers of ducks. The down layer provides the insulation the bird needs to keep warm, and is usually collected as a by-product of young ducks that are raised for food. Rather than quills, a down cluster has a round centre called a plumule. Soft and airy, this contains thousands of tiny fibres that radiate from its core.
Duck feathers are the rigid plumage found on the outside of ducks.The feathers have quills and can range in size from five centimetres to several inches. Smaller feathers are often used in bedding products such as feather beds, decorative pillows, and various feather and down blends. In bedding, feathers do provide some insulation, but are mostly used for support.
Properties and qualities
Duck down is a great thermal insulator, therefore products containing duck down are very warm and soft. It is also very breathable, which is why it is an excellent filling for duvets.
How does it feel?
Duck down feels soft and feathery.
Products containing duck down can be machine washed and dried. For best results, refer to the care instructions on your duck down product.