Freezing Fleshed Turkey?

Submitted by Tony on 2/27/01. ( ) 216.183.227.7

I am doing taxidermy part-time and only have several hour slots to work on mounts. The problem I have is I can' finish a turkey in one nite, so can I refreeze the skin after skinning and before mounting? Is it best to stop after skinning, fleshing, washing/degreasing, preserving, or is it best to do it all at once? I will only get a chance to work every couple of days and most weekends. I don't want to ruin the hide. Should I put wet paper towels on it when I freeze it? Should I not refreeze the skin/hide at all? Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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This response submitted by Ron on 2/27/01. ( ) 205.238.243.70

Tony, it's ok to skin it than refreeze .when you get it out of freezer the next time I would flesh it, and get it prepared to mount than freeze it again.That is fine to do. I,m a full time taxidermist and still do it like this just because turkeys take so much time to mount.although I usually prepair two at a time.


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This response submitted by Rick on 3/3/01. ( ) 12.119.224.98

We found it works best to demeat and flesh, wash in the sink, freeze in dawn soap and water instea of drying the turkey for mounting then freezing. The quality of your skin will be better because of condensation forming on the inside of the plastic bag gets on the dry feathers and makeing the quallity less.

The Turkey Roost
Rick Morris


from Rick Morris at the Turkey Roost

This response submitted by Rick on 3/3/01. ( ) 12.119.224.98

We found it works best to demeat and flesh, wash in the sink, freeze in dawn soap and water instea of drying the turkey for mounting then freezing. The quality of your skin will be better because of condensation forming on the inside of the plastic bag gets on the dry feathers and makeing the quallity less.

The Turkey Roost
Rick Morris


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