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Cleaning suggestions

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by Terry, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. Terry

    Terry De-lighted to be living in Alaska!

    Greetings!

    I believe this may well be my first foray into the bird forum... I'm a fish guy. I have a HUGE amount of respect for what you guys do... the few times I've dabbled with birds have produced more ghastly results than positive ones. I'm not a bird hunter, so I just chalk it up to not feeling familiar with feathers. Give me a fish (or a nice blank) any day. ;D

    To my problem and question... My day job is as an Education Specialist for USFWS. I had a co-worker give me a couple of mounted ptarmigans. These were done by a family friend just getting started... you get the picture. Anyway, my plan for them, based on his offer, was to clean them up, construct a new habitat to attach them to and add them to my environment education room (the place where I have the kids sit when classes visit) at work. For such a mundane purpose, these birds will work just fine.

    He brought me the mounts today. My problem is that they have been sitting in storage for a few years. There is an accumulation of dust/other grime on the feathers that does not simply brush off. What are some suggestions for cleaning off the feathers? Are there any chemicals, household or otherwise, that can aid in removing the built up filth without having an adverse affect on the feathers themselves? He was just going to pitch the birds before giving them to me, so there's no chance of this going south. If any of you have ideas, I'll give them a whirl while knowing that nothing's lost if it doesn't work.

    Thanks in advance; I appreciate your time and expertise.

    Terry
     

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  2. huntnfish

    huntnfish Member

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    I am anxious to see some advice from some experts here as I also have 2 old wood duck mounts that are old and dirty that I would like to clean up and make look new again but do not know what to use...
     

  3. txoutdoors

    txoutdoors Active Member

    By the looks of that photo, you have a challenge on your hands! Rubbing alcohol and q-tips and a boat load of time maybe?
     
  4. alexm

    alexm New Member

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    Time for a new one :(
     
  5. X2 on the new one.