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« on: February 23, 2008, 07:25:27 PM »

Here is a start to finish post I wanted to share with everyone...Here is a Bobcat and Beaver I began at 02/22/08 around 8pm.  I am just about to take them out of the Beetles and wanted to share with everyone. I will update the pics as I go.

This is both of them after sitting in front of my fan for about 2 days and ready for a little soak in warm water.
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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2008, 07:26:42 PM »

Soaking in some good old fashion H2O....before beetle enclosure.   ;D
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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2008, 07:28:46 PM »

 Beetles going to town !
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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2008, 07:45:05 PM »

Bobcat skull done...beaver has a a few more hours to go.
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2008, 07:45:33 PM »

Beaver Skull ...theri still working on it.  Just about done.
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2008, 07:46:07 PM »

Beaver skull in Beetles.
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2008, 02:19:40 AM »

Why do you dry them and then soak them in water?  I have never heard of this before.
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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2008, 10:33:19 AM »

Before I used to spray the head down with water when I put it into the tank now I just soak a little.  It Hydrates them a little....They are not in the water for more than a couple of minutes then I pat dry and place into tanks.  Thats it....something Ken let me in on when I got my Beetles.
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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2008, 11:10:11 AM »

I rehydrate everything before it goes in. Its works for my colony.
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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2008, 11:33:02 AM »

i give a 24 hr soak in clean water and change 1 time it helps remove the blood which helps when its time to degrease then i let drip dry for a very short time  then in to the bugs
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« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2008, 11:35:55 AM »

Silver Skin allmost forgot nice job on the post cant Wait to see the beaver move along
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« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2008, 01:24:35 PM »

So why do you dry them if they are just gonna rehydrate them again?  Is this so the inner part of the skull will be dryer or to get the blood out or what?  I dry my large skulls in front of a fan overnight and throw them in.  For my smaller skulls I wrap them in a few paper towels and let them thaw overnight, the paper towels pull quite a bit of moisture out.  My heat lamp dryes out skulls pretty fast so I cant dry them too much.
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« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2008, 03:12:18 PM »

Beaver done.  Just took it out.  Ready for B.O.
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« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2008, 03:16:19 PM »

Baquacil oxidizer  set up...ready for both skulls.  I use the same set up as Bonez..because you really do need the larger tub for over spill.  I use a old freezer tray for all my short soaks.

In they go !!!  3:00pm.

Soak Probably untill about 9pm...?   ;D


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« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2008, 04:17:39 PM »

Thanks for doing this, it's very helpful. Do you do this (B.O.) in your shop or outdoors? Are there any other watch outs for this product? thanks
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