Hello Everyone, Once again its been a while since I posted up another WING"TIP" as time in my world flies.
I have several Photographed up and will post them up as time allows. I picked an easy one to "write up".
I don't get iron stained birds in to often BUT in some areas of the country they are quite common. The West coast seems to have the "issue" along with some of the Gulf States. I used to use "Whinks" but found it to be rather spendy and difficult to find as of late. I was looking through the Iron removal products in Walmart and found the Product I now use with GREAT Results. Wink would remove the iron immediately as it was applied, this stuff takes a few moments BUT does as good a job. Here's the procedure IF you and your client wish the rust to be "Gone"
Soak the birds with the Iron stained plumage in warm soapy Dawn water, Once the plumage is soaked through pull them out and add about 4 ounces or 2 small Dixie cups of the IRON OUT.
Stir the Iron out into the wash till it dissolves, it is a white powder that has a rather strong odor, Don't breathe the dust/Fumes!
Immerse the birds into the "wash" and let them soak for 10-15 Minutes
Once the stain is obviously gone to your satisfaction remove the birds and put them through a good rinse to remove any remaining rust remover
I then hang them by the bill till they quit dripping and then skin as usual.
A couple things to be aware of, I found soaking them in this "wash' yields the best results. I was applying the powder directly onto the plumage without having the best results, I talked to Rick Acker about it and he suggested the "wash" It works very well. I DO pull them out as soon as the Iron is removed as I don't want the product to do any further "bleaching" to the plumage. Doing this method removes the rust from the entire bird not just areas. I assume the bird could be skinned and still have the same results, I just prefer to pre-soak the birds before skinning.
The following photos explain it visually, Good Luck!