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grooming hooded merg's hood

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by franchi612, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. franchi612

    franchi612 New Member

    Wondering if anyone can give me some good tips for getting a mergs hood feathers groomed proper? Not standing, I have it caulked so making it stand is not the problem, but it just seems not as full as some I see mounted, and I'm having trouble getting the black feathers at the top of the crest lined up and out of the white feathers. They just seem a little ratty. Maybe it's not fully plumed? Or do I just keep working at it as it dries? It's the nicest bird I have ever done and I want it to be really good. Any tips appreciated thanks!
  2. backbrush and use a blower from the front to groom...been my experience the more i touch them with my hands or tools the worse they get..skin has to be positioned correctly first and then blow away

  3. franchi612

    franchi612 New Member



  4. Nancy C

    Nancy C Well-Known Member

    *post removed because it hurt someone's widdle feewings*
  5. franchi612

    franchi612 New Member

    Thanks trophybirds that did work well. I also taxied the back of the neck up, it was down way too far.

    Nancy thanks for the unsolicited critique of a bird that was no where near done,not groomed, not in the final position, nor on the finished base. Whatever I'm done. I have no idea what I ever did or said to you. You even chided me or preferring to spell widgeon with a d. Don't worry You won't see me on the bird forum anymore.
  6. Jim McNamara

    Jim McNamara Well-Known Member

    kinda touchy are we??!!! Nancy did you a big favor and was not unkind in her remarks. You did ask by the way! Better go find another toy box to play in.
  7. duxdown

    duxdown New Member

    Holy cow Nancy you scared him bad!!! I thought your advice was very constructive, hmm what do i know. I have saw some of your work, you rock!

  8. ryan rhodes

    ryan rhodes Well-Known Member

    Hahahah, wow! When I post a pic of a mount, that's exactly the response I hope to get. Lighten up bro and take advice from those willing to give it for free....
  9. Nancy C

    Nancy C Well-Known Member

    This is the kind of nonsense that reminds me why I am becoming less and less likely to offer tips or advice.
  10. Matt

    Matt Active Member

    Wow, I must have missed it. I am not an expert on birds by any means, but if Nancy or any of the other rediculiously talented bird artists' offer some constuctive comments, you can be sure I will listen. Nancy, I hope you continue to offer advice, it is very appreciated on this end.
  11. dc taxidermy

    dc taxidermy Me and My Baby's senior picture

    Me too. I also appreciate it...DC
  12. 2wbdft

    2wbdft Member


    There are far more folks that greatly appreciate your wisdom and suggestions than those that "dont".

    i believe i can speak for them, that we surely hope you reconsider your thoughts in the above quote.

  13. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

  14. TWinter

    TWinter Winter taxidermy

    Yeah, thank you Nancy, wow, unbelieveable
  15. B Jones

    B Jones Memeber of - NTA,UTA,AIT.Proud Member of NZTA.

    Big cry baby.