I guess this is not strictly taxidermy but..
I have the wings and legs of a pigeon, that was most likely killed by a fox, recently enough that it's still slightly stiff.
I was hoping to preserve these pieces by drying them, but i dont know if there's anything i need to do to stop them rotting, or will they dry by themselvs?
Also i asume drying only works well on parts with little flesh, so will i need to remove the muscle and fat from the thighs?
any help on this would be great
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The best you can do is to remove as much flesh as you can. Then you can rub som borax-powder on the skin to preserve it.
But the parts that has very little flesh, will dry without removal of the flesh. You can experience some smell for som time, but not a rotten smell if you remove most of the flesh on the upper legs ang the wings.
Hope this will work for you!
Bjorn Ivar Hansen
i will do my best on it