Well I don't think they wait for feathers to fall themselves.. even in Poland
It's like pulling hair with roots.. should be quite painful imho.
I too had no alternative for down pillows 10 years ago so I was sleeping without it
The human body has no more need for cows' milk than it does for dogs' milk, horses' milk, or giraffes' milk. ~Michael Klaper, M.D., author of Vegan Nutrition: Pure & Simple