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### Does anyone ever measure the weight of a pen?

Well, the old adage light as a feather can give you some insight.

In the following article, learn about the weight of feathers compared to other items.

How much does a feather weigh? Compared to metal Compared to brick. Frequently asked questions about the pen

### How much does a feather weigh?

Generally, a nib weighs about 0.000289 ounces or 0.0082 grams.

Ornithologists who study birds also study their feathers.

According to their study, the estimated feather measurement is calculated based on their body weight.

They use it as a proportion between body and feathers.

Let’s look at an example found in a typical chicken.

Its feathers are about 74 grams or 3.3% of its total body weight.

They have approximately 1,000 to 25,000 feathers.

The study mentions that the ostrich has the heaviest feathers compared to other birds.

For a single feather, the peacock tail is the heaviest.

We can also use precious metals such as gold to give a comparison of their measurements.

To make the process easier, let’s apply the “troy” system.

If we take a kilogram of feathers, its mass is 454 grams.

While there are only 373 grams of gold in a pound.

That’s why feathers are heavier than gold.

The measurement shows an equal amount between a pound of lead and a pound of feathers.

If we compare 100 pounds of steel and feathers, they weigh the same.

Some people assume that steel is heavier than feathers.

The mass and density of feathers can confuse people.

A hundred pounds of feathers are larger and more buoyant for the surrounding air.

This gives more volume to the feathers.

From the previous information we learn that a pound of feathers is heavier than gold.

### How many feathers in a pound though?

Contains approximately 275-300 feathers.

### Can we guess which one is heavier between the brick and the feather?

Therefore, 1 pound of feathers can equal 1 pound of brick.

In any quantity, both have an equal measure, whether for 1 pound or 10 pounds.

Bricks and feathers have the same weight as explained in the previous paragraph.

However, due to mass and density, we can assume that bricks are heavier than feathers.

As mentioned earlier, feathers are lighter in the surrounding air.

Frequently asked questions about Feather

the feather weighs about 0.0082 grams

the feather weighs about 0.0082 grams

### How many feathers are in a kilogram?

a feather weighs about 0.0082 grams, which means that there are 121.951 feathers in 1 kg.

### What is heavier, kg of steel or feathers?

A kilogram of steel weighs a little more than 1 kilogram of feathers.