Need input in rehydrating hides

Submitted by Bob Marchuk on 11/23/00. ( bob@taxidermy.org ) 24.113.116.139

I am just rehydrating a salt dried African lion. I have the hide in a solution of cool water about 25 gals. and a cupful of germicide.
The skin is starting to relax, but I noticed the pads are starting to turn to mush! I checked the ph and it's at 6.7.
My question is, should I add salt? Should I just put the hide into a pickle?
Need help, FAST!

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SALT IT

This response submitted by JOHN on 11/23/00. ( ) 205.188.209.105

5 LBS. SALT PER 5 GAL. WATER.
LEAVE IT IN FOR ABOUT AN HOUR OR TWO THEN GET IN THE PICKLE FAST.


Salt to Germicide

This response submitted by Bob M on 11/23/00. ( bob@taxidermy.org ) 24.113.116.139

Can I add the salt to the water and germicide?


use water and germicide

This response submitted by jt on 11/24/00. ( ) 198.247.241.90

soak it for 1 to 4 hours then drain it and put it in a bag and put in the fridge for a couple days to let the skin "sweat" and relax. you can add salt if you want. your pads probably arent getting soft from bacteria, but from over hydrating. almost like when a live animal or person gets over hydrated, their skin gets mushy

jt


Thanks for the input.

This response submitted by Bob M on 11/25/00. ( bob@taxidermy.org ) 24.113.116.139

Thanks, everyone for your input.
Actually, the lion skin relaxed real good. The pads just lost a bit of the epidermis layer.
I added salt to the germicide. After the skin relaxed a bit, I pulled it out and let the hide drain for 30 min, then fleshed the top layer off. I then returned the hide to the solution (germicide) for about 6 hours. The skin then relaxed totally, without any more loss of the pads.
The hide is now safe in the pickle.
Thanks, guys!


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