1. Welcome to Taxidermy.net, Guest!
    We have put together a brief tutorial to help you with the site, click here to access it.

Tips, Tricks and Tactics for Pin-Feathered Birds

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by wings II, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. Museum Man

    Museum Man Well-Known Member

    real good advice on an age old problem..
     
  2. robolson

    robolson www.frozeninflight.com

    YOU think MY mounts are excellent??? Wow, that makes me feel like I'm doing something right! :D. I've been slacking on posting my bird pics lately...need to get back into it.
     

  3. wings II

    wings II New Member

    1,685
    3
    Rob,

    I can't find my glasses so if I'm reading your post correctly it says that you would be more than happy to be one of the Hosts for Bird of the Week. :) :) :)

    Excellent idea!..I will put you down - just shoot me a PM and let me know what time of the year would be best for you. :)

    I've always liked the fact that you mount ALL types of birds....so I'll be excited to see what you post up! Thanks again for volunteering, you are a good man.:)
     
  4. country

    country New Member

    Tips, Tricks and Tactics for Pin-Feathered Birds

    Matt, you are the man! Thanks for sharing. This information is really helpful to us beginners!


    Posted using Outdoor Hub Campfire
     
  5. robolson

    robolson www.frozeninflight.com

    Hmm.. How did I get tricked into this? :eek: :). I'll pm and let you know soon Matt.
     
  6. Great tutorial Matt - thanks!
     
  7. Attention beginners!!! Here is your bible on how to deal with pinfeathered birds...Great post Matt. :)
     
  8. RichMO

    RichMO Active Member

    1,127
    17
    For those that have been up to their eye balls with "Pin-to-many" this is great. I would suggest this be moved into the "Tutorial" section as a great reference tool.
     
  9. wings II

    wings II New Member

    1,685
    3
    Thanks for the nice feedback fellas! It's always nice to know folks are getting something out of these tutorials. :)
    Here is the finished mount right before shipping.
    [​IMG]
     
  10. frenchydermist

    frenchydermist New Member

    Thanks for sharing!! this should go in the tutorials section...so , the rule of thumb with pin feathered birds is caution and patience.. what a bout gluing back the lost feathers??
     
  11. wings II

    wings II New Member

    1,685
    3
    Good question! We routinely glue in only the largest of the feathers where they are needed (tail snd tertials for example) This should be done very sparingly and with a great deal of caution. Although you will only apply a very small amount of super glue gel to the end of a replacement feather and put it under an existing feather on the mount the danger here is that the glue will soak through and ruin the mount altogether. Hope this helps. :)
     
  12. Mud On The Tires

    Mud On The Tires New Member

    93
    0
    Elmer's school glue works just as well and doesn't soak through near as bad as super glue... plus it can washed off if need be.

    MOTT
     
  13. wings II

    wings II New Member

    1,685
    3
    Good tip MOTT!

    I had a bad experience years ago with Elmer's and was too afraid to ever try it again . :eek:
    I do have a buddy that says he likes the Mod Podge as it offers good control around feathers.
     
  14. Nancy C

    Nancy C Well-Known Member

    If it's a tail issue where a lot of the feathers aren't fully formed, I like to mount the tail separately and glue all of the feathers to a piece of stiff card stock or poster board. Sometimes it's necessary to include the coverts too, especially if you have to "fudge" the amount of overlap in order to hide the gaps.
    This is an early season blue grouse. *sigh*
    [​IMG]
    The salvageable tailfeathers have been stripped out of their sheathing, cleaned, and glued in place.
    [​IMG]
    The larger tail coverts have been glued in place after painting the card stock to help conceal it. Amazingly, this bird didn't need it, but I have had some that were so bad that I had to steal some random rump feathers and glue them into the tail assembly to cover the gaps.
    [​IMG]
    The under coverts are a mess too. All must be plucked, stripped, cleaned, and glued in place.
    [​IMG]
    A "U" shaped wire was hot glued to the card stock before the under coverts were added but I forgot to take a picture.
    [​IMG]
    Now it's ready to be attached to the bird.
     
  15. wings II

    wings II New Member

    1,685
    3
    Wow Nancy! That is an incredible example of problem solving. Really, an exceptional fix....THANKS for contributing the photo illustrations :)
     
  16. Mud On The Tires

    Mud On The Tires New Member

    93
    0
    a little ingenuity, and wha la! A tail is born from the ashes of a dust mop!

    MOTT
     
  17. nina5150

    nina5150 Active Member

    dang nancy and KMA....wish I could be a fly on your work walls...lol..I would get swatted I know but this post is great..
     
  18. Nancy C

    Nancy C Well-Known Member

    I'm glad KMA doesn't mind that I poked my nose into his thread, but I also agree that his thread should become a tutorial and I figured it would be best to have similar subjects in the same place.
    Plus, the title is perfect!