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Badminton: Bird flu spells lame shuttlecocks

Updated: August 2, 2006, 8:25 PM ET
Associated Press — Aug. 2, 2006

EL MONTE, Calif. — Recent outbreaks of bird flu are being felt on the badminton court.

Chinese geese have been slaughtered by the millions to prevent the spread of the disease, and that has left a shortage of the fine feathers used to make shuttlecocks.

Only the thickest, heaviest goose feathers from northern China are used to make premium shuttlecocks and sometimes as few as two feathers per goose make the final cut.

But now, shuttlecock makers are having to settle for ...

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