We are fairly new to the taxidermy business. In the past, we have always done the tanning ourselves. We have contacted a couple tanning facilities to send our hides to. My question is...how long after the salting process can these hides sit before shipping them to the tanning facility? If I could get a response to this question asap, I would appreciate it. Thanks.
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The tannery I use states that if the hide has stopped puddling or dripping water, it can be sent. I still hang mine to be sure as any wet boxing will get your hides nuked at the shippers. Call you tannery for their specific instructions.
I think you are asking about shelf life. I dont know what part of the country you are from but what you have to watch out for in keeping a hide too long is high humidity (summertime) and bugs. If the hides have been kept cool and dry, they should be good for quite a long time, however, the longer you wait the more likely you are to get "breaks" , areas the tanners say will be likely to get cut during the shaving process. The chin is a particularly bad spot. Good luck,
After the 2nd salting, hang the cape up and put a fan blowing on it . It should be dryed hard in 1 to 2 days. I live in a humid aera and it works great . Randall
Thanks for your responses. I just didn't want to wait too long before sending them. We wanted to send several at a time and didn't know if they could sit for a few days until the others were ready. Thanks again.