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

how to dry turkeys without a tumbler?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by farmer89, Feb 19, 2015.

  1. farmer89

    farmer89 New Member

    how is the best way to dry a turkey? im just doing one turkey for now so dont want to build a tumbler. i know i can just roll it in corn cob grit but i dont have any of that either. my question is do i have to have something like that first or can i just start blowing it try with the shop vac? or is there something i can get local that will work to roll them in?
  2. I roll them in towel first. Then I use a leaf blower.

  3. Paul B

    Paul B Active Member

    Or a hair dryer, that's what I use after a quick tumble. It takes an hour or so to get the feathers nice and dry.
  4. I wash my turkeys late in the day and let them hang over the sink till the next morning. It doesn't take long to finish drying them with a blow dryer. I have a tumbler, but rarely ever use it. Don't like all the hard wood chips stuck to the skin.
  5. WildlifeLady

    WildlifeLady Member

    I use a shop vac on the reverse outlet. The air dries it just fine.
  6. buckrub10

    buckrub10 Well-Known Member

    X-2 on the shop vac works great
  7. RTF

    RTF Active Member

    Never tumbled a bird in my life. After the wash and degrease it's outside to the gas tub and then to the cloths line to flap in the wind for 1/2 hour followed with the blow dryer.
  8. Matt

    Matt Active Member

    A good commercial hair dryer. Yes, it takes alittle longer but I don't have to worry about grit or dust in the feathers
  9. BrookeSFD16

    BrookeSFD16 Well-Known Member

    Pet dryer. 52$ on Ebay. Way stronger and no grit. Has heat if you want it.
  10. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    X2. A little detail work with a hair dryer, and they are ready to mount after hanging all night.
  11. troy

    troy Member

    Master blaster dryer. I think it is a dog grooming blow dryer. Has two motors, no heat, (except what is produced by the motor running) and works great on birds and mammals.
  12. Spin it out in the wife's washing machine, she'll never know, then blow dry, I have a master blaster but a good hair drier works too.
  13. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Every time I have operated under the assumption that "she won't know", I have paid dearly. Lol
  14. ya but it's the fastest way I have found. Just get all the evidence (feathers) out she'll never know.
  15. KAMoHunter

    KAMoHunter Proud member of the WVTA

    Hair drier or compressed air