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Wing skinning tutorial

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by txoutdoors, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. Most times when talking about skinning wings you are presented with only 2 choices. Strip the secondaries, or do an underwing incision. There are more ways than that. I want to share with you my preferred way of doing the wings.....secondaries still attached and no incision. This may take a minute or two longer to do while skinning, but the outcome gives me the best quality and the additional time skinning is made up during the mounting / grooming process because you don't have to fight the secondaries. So the first photo shows the wing skinned down to the first joint.
    This photo shows how you can work the skin along the top of the wing (radius) back and still leave the secondaries attached to the ulna.
    This one shows that by grabbing the skin on either side of the bones, you can create a "pocket" and detach the skin further from the bones and meat.
    With the skin worked back you can now cut the ligaments and meat on the open end.
    You can now grab the meat and ligaments and pull towards the end of the wing. The ligaments act as a pull string and they help to get into the back corner. When you have the meat down as far as you can, cut it.
    Using a modeling tool, pick out the last of the meat and your good to go!
    With the secondaries still attached, working the wing is much easier during the mounting process. Hope this helps someone. Enjoy!

  2. bucksnort10

    bucksnort10 Well-Known Member

    thanks for sharing

    enjoyed seeing the skinning towel ;)

  3. wright

    wright Timothy Wright

    Thanks for sharing

  4. King Eider

    King Eider New Member

    Any species this is harder to accomplish on than others. Geese have longer radius than other birds.
  5. Yes, some species are harder than others. If you need to, you can cut the first few secondaries away from the bone and it will give you room to slide the skin further back. You still end up with 90% of them attached.
  6. dmac1175

    dmac1175 Member

    I love this method. I tried it several months ago and have never looked back. It does take just a bit longer but the grooming goes soooo much better.Thanks for sharing.
  7. ryan rhodes

    ryan rhodes Active Member

    cool, i've always thought of doing this and was actually taught that way. I have 2 wigeon thawing out for flying mounts, think i might give this a try again...
  8. mcrib1981

    mcrib1981 New Member

    i'm definitely gonna give this a shot
  9. Will try this on my next bird. Thanks for the tip.
  10. Re: Re: Wing skinning tutorial

    I only have a few ducks under my belt but I once read on here that when using this method the feathers want to twist and even when carding really well so its better to just detach them. Ever have trouble lie this?

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  11. No, never had that issue. Doing it this way, the feathers stay attached to the bone, so how much could they twist? Much less than detaching them.
  12. Mackenzie

    Mackenzie New Member

    Very nice!!!
  13. dmac1175

    dmac1175 Member


    You can also use needle nose pliers to reach way down in there and get any red meat or fat left in there. Just be careful not to grab skin with pliers and pull or you will rip a hole in skin.
  14. babak

    babak Active Member

    Dan,thanks for sharing,i was wrong when i read your text "weak in English",pictures was blocked and filtered,i see them right now,i will follow it up for sure..thanks again
  15. byrdman

    byrdman Active Member

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