I have been mountin my own ducks for a while now. Maybe 20ish birds under my belt. They turn out really good but on some birds the back feathers just wont lay down right (especially a mallard drake)! The whole mount looks great, but the back feathers just don't have the smooth natural look that I think they should. It seems that the down feathers are just sticking out between the feathers! It has happened on more than one bird. I've tried taking a big pin an adjusting each feather but they just wont do right! Very very aggravating to me because the rest of the mount turns out good. Does anybody have any suggestions or tricks?? Any help would be greatly appreciated!! And just to save on some questioning I flesh the birds, wash them in dawn detergent and rinse well. Then tumble in saw dust and use borax as a preservative. What am I doing wrong here????? Thanks in advance!