WING"TIPS" # 28 Long term freezing/storing birds
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« on: February 12, 2008, 12:07:49 AM »

Hello, Here is a tip I think will be useful to most of us ''procrastinators'' OR those of us who just never have enough time in a day...... Here is a GREAT, Proven method on long term storage of bird skins. Its quite simple so here goes. I skin, wash and rinse the skinned out bird, you can leave the meat/neck/head in if preferred I usually remove the head and carcass, Next make a tracing of the body/neck onto the ziplock bag, you can also write down any pertinent info IE migratory tag etc, measurements etc. THEN I put the rinsed skin into the ziplock, fill it a little over half full of water, zip it up to within the last inch, bounce it up and down to remove the air pockets/bubbles, then as you start to push some water out the small opening zip it completely shut, You may need to remove the airpocket a couple times as it's important to get ALL the air out. Then I lay the bag on a piece of small plywood, adjust the skin inside to try to get primaries and head skin away from the edges of the bag and then freeze. I have a ''freezer museum'' of birds packed in this manner and they last forever with no ill effects. The feet will be as supple as the day you put it in the bag. Look at the black scoter on my Bird of the week, that bird was frozen like this January 8, 1993 18 years later I thawed it out and it mounted up like a fresh skin 16 years was my last ''longest'' time in ice so I do personally know it works well.ALWAYS buy the best quality ziplock freezer bags... The following pics show a few of the ''steps'' GOOD LUCK!!!!
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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2008, 12:11:00 AM »

And one showing a hun ''brick'' and the can in the background>
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2008, 03:18:15 AM »

sweet!
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2008, 04:24:26 AM »

Very nice I think I'll give it a try.
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2008, 06:14:43 AM »

18 years?! Thats amazing!
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2008, 10:46:40 AM »

Great info....i love the "wingtips" posts. Learning a lot!
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« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2008, 01:26:00 PM »

wingman, Awesome idea. I'll give that a try. JLW/Wagner's taxidermy ;)
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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2008, 01:34:36 PM »

Wingman when you unthaw the birds do you let the water melt and drain off or do you keep the bag closed and let it thaw in the water. Would it work to thaw in your bucket with running water. It just seems like a long time to sit in water. Just trying to get a handle on doing birds, only tried it once and it was not pretty. Thanks Tom
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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2008, 07:16:15 PM »

great tip!!
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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2008, 09:49:31 PM »

Thank you SO much for sharing this method wingman! 
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« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2008, 09:50:12 PM »

Nice tip Wingman.

I started doing the same thing a few years ago through trial and error. Yes, they come out just like you said, but 18 years...dude that's a long time! I also like the drawing tip!

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« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2008, 10:39:46 PM »

Do you defat and degrease your bird before or after you freeze the skin?
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« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2008, 11:36:29 PM »

Tomk, you can ''powerthaw'' the ice away or remove the bag and let it thaw overnight in the sink, I usually will put the skin in water to assist in thawing, Trashfish, you can degrease etc BUT I usually leave that for later.
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« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2008, 01:03:33 PM »

Thanks, That is a really great idea!! It just might  allow me more freezer space.
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« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2008, 10:24:10 PM »

Thanks Wingman, I freeze all whole birds for which I have the right size ziplock. But as you can imagine, that fills a small chest freezer pretty quick. I will start skinning them first from now on. Of course, when I put a bird in the freezer, I don't intend on leaving it there long. ;) :D
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