preserving a turkey?

Submitted by Matt Zydron on 4/26/01. ( zydronm@hsc.edu ) 208.6.84.223

The man that taught me taxidermy used formaldehyde to Preserve the skin of a turkey. However, I do not have access to this chemical. What can I use other than this that will preserve the skin or where can I get formaldehyde or some other equivalent. Any comments would be greatly appreciated. thanks Matt Z.

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Formaldehyde?

This response submitted by George on 4/26/01. ( georoof@aol.com ) 205.188.209.204

Matt,
I don't have a clue what you were taught that for, but you need a book or video on mounting turkeys (geese/ducks/gamebirds and of the above). Formaldehyde could be used as an injection fluid but hardly for preserving hides.


Agree with George.

This response submitted by John C on 4/26/01. ( ) 208.44.115.109

Formalin/formaldahye will set the skin and not allow the feathers to ever be moved. In a human corpus it removes most of the water content and causes the corpse to harden, I once enbalmed a gator that lasted 15 years.

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