Old white birds

Submitted by Jerry on 2/6/01. ( ) 199.177.19.19

I know people have talked about this in the past but I can't find anything in the archives that I checked. I am the recipient of my grandfathers taxidermy collection and there is an old snow goose amongst the items. It is filthy dirty and I was wondering if there is any solution or procedure to not only clean this bird, but to bring back some of the original whiteness as it is gone a grey color. I know it was whiter at some point because I have seen the old pictures of it. It was mounted in the 50's I think.

Is this a hopeless situation or condition?

I mount fish (my first inkling would be to paint it white!) and am not into birds so I would have no ideas on this...

Thanks,
Jerry

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It's in there

This response submitted by George on 2/10/01. ( georoof@aol.com ) 205.188.208.104

cause I wrote about it at length with the use of Drum Brake Cleaning Fluid in a spray can (trichloroethane tech,1,1,1). Try again, but it's usually fruitless. Old mounts, at least those NOT treated with arsenic have some microbial and insect damage to the feathers. Cleaning them only accents these problems.


Thanks George

This response submitted by Jerry on 2/13/01. ( ) 24.131.141.98

Found your old post. I will try out the brake cleaner as you mentioned. Hopefully it will get it in a little more decent shape. I would hate to toss it!

Thanks,
Jerry


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