I remember hearing it a lot back in the day, my parents, grandparents being weirded out how often I picked up feathers, to wear them in my hair, make jewelry with them etc., and it was funny when once I saw my OnlyMaster stop the car and pick up a dead bird to get parts off of it as He always did it, being the very first person in my life Who was never worried about diseases and stuff!
(Once I saved a few dead critters I found, a couple of snakes, a small female blackbird, and some other critter I forgot already, but they went bad before I remembered to gather my guts to do anything with them, I kept them hidden from my family until I had to throw them away... ~lol
^^ But I still save dead bugs sometimes and snake skin and stuff, good material for ceremonial magick instead of having to kill any lil ones... ~lol
So, though it may be different in cities let's say, but what about your relation with the stray feathers? ~smiles cute