can anyone advise me on whether to leave or remove the wing bones. I have been a taxidermist for 15 years but not yet tried this method, i gather it workes very well with ducks and large birds? Thank you for your possible help.
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I don't know why anyone would remove the bones completely. This allows for symetry and anatomical accuracy during mounting.
I have used the Ferebee Turkey System, and the wing bones did get removed. They were replaced with artificial wing dings. I do not see any advantage of removing bones for any duck or goose mount. I will tell you this, the turkey system works very well and I like the ease of skinning down to the birds wrist and snipping it off, no cleaning of the humerous and Radial and Ulna bones. You put some killer glue on the artificials and slip them in. They fit great on my bird and were very easy to use.
You neglected to explain WHAT bones you wished to remove - ulna, radius, humerus, bones of manus?
There is one paper on bird taxidermy published in CURATOR that you may be referring to:
Vandenbos, D. 1984. Innovation in bird mounting: the "Acra-flex" technique. Curator, 27(4):287-297.
In this paper a bird (robin) is skinned out down to the manus AND skinned out to the individual digits of the foot (even the tibiotarsus is removed), the head is skinned to the beak and the head removed. The entire body is modified, cast in latex material that is flexible and the skin placed over it, AKA the Leroy martinez type manikan applied to birds. I presently know of no one currently employing this technique though. Good luck.
Thank you all for your replys.I should have made myself clearer that it was the humerus i was refering to. There is an article in issue 33 on mounting a grey owl using this method , I am actually waiting for a photocopy of this article to come from Breakthrough when perhaps all will be reveald? If anyone has read this article they might know what i'm on about?! Thanks I'll keep looking in.