Got a few questions on those turkeys.
Whats the trick for keeping the feathers from splitting and staying inline.especialy on strut mounts.
Heres what i do,I wire wheel the fat down until the feather buts are showing,wash in dawn dish soap,let soak for 20 min,towel off,soak it in mineral spirits for 20 min,towel off, put it in tumbler for about 10 to 20 min,using corn cob grit.then proceed to mount,but feathers just don't have that neat live look.is there anything I can do different to improve the way they look or will it just come with practice.
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Turkey feathers that have even a tiny bit of oil or soap residue left in them will not go back together [splits] and they won't be as shiny as they should be. Try repeating your shampoo and rinse steps twice, and then give it an EXTRA rinse or two for good measure. It's worth the extra time just so it will turn out right the first time. The mineral spirits/white gas step is controversial. Some use it, some don't. Personally, I DO use a solvent, but there is a very important thing to be aware of regarding turkeys. If the solvent is not VERY clean it will leave a residue that will dull the feathers. For best results use new solvent for turkeys. If you don't have any, you are better off skipping that step. There are some water-based de-greasers now, such as Epo-Grip, that I haven't tried yet, but I intend to.
Maybe someone could add some input about how they work on turkeys, and how long it tales to dry them without the help of a solvent.
Prior to using a solvent, it used to take me about an hour and a half with a hairdryer, so I'm a little hesitant. I don't like to tumble turkeys.
Use a hair dryer. It takes about a hour to dry one good with a hair dryer but to me it is worth the time to get the quailty. Tumblers ruffle the feathers to much for me and cause me more work in the long run. Good luck and God bless
Wash the bird in dawn. (Two tablespoons per gallon of water). Rinse several times under running water. Wash again in the dawn. (Two teaspoons per gallon of water.) Rinse well and repeatedly. LOSE the mineral spirits. Rinse from the neck to the tail, with the lay of the feathers. Use white gas if you feel you must.....NEVER mineral spirits. You really don't need the petrol products. Tumblers are for stiff feathered birds, mammals and mothers-in-law. Throw the hide into your automatic clothes washer and run the spin dry cycle. It will not injure the skin and it will force all excess water out of the feathers. When finished, mount the skin, stitch er up and use a blow dryer like John said.
If you are not rinsing all of the detergent out of the feathers before applying the mineral spirits, you are making napalm in the feather rows. The gum that results when mineral spirits and a liquid detergent meet up would make the Viet Cong turn green with envy......
I personally recommend a blow dryer and alcohol. A blow dryer for the bird, and a little sippin whiskey fer me to help pass the time....good luck.
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John is right. Don't tumble birds. All it does is give them split ends. And if you use a solvent, try unleaded gas. It is a one shot deal. Use it once and then get rid of it. Use it twice and your bird is greasy looking.
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