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Easiest and hardest to mount~

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by clschake, Jun 22, 2015.

  1. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    DL...use lots of borax on fat when wheling and you wont have that issue....soaks up oil too...and helps wheel "grip" the fat
     
  2. whitetails and fish only

    whitetails and fish only Well-Known Member

    As for me, all birds are hard to mount, much rather do fish and game heads.
     

  3. clschake

    clschake New Member

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    I'll have to look into the fish...
    My brother is looking into having my niece's' first nice catch mounted, and the guy he's using has never done one. I'm sure it will be fine for her first, but I'm interested. Just think the older ones I've seen look very hard to paint and make look "real" nice.
     
  4. B Jones

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

    ? This other guys never done what
     
  5. clschake

    clschake New Member

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    fish...
    I think he's mainly deer. It's one of his friends.
     
  6. Peaceful dove,i breed them tryed 3 not one finished.next one I'm trying under water just for the hell of it
     
  7. clschake

    clschake New Member

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    Anyone do black birds?
    Or are they illegal... guess I should find the rules on birds... seem to be my fascination..
     
  8. Here in Ontario, there are several legal species of blackbirds, the grackle, red winged and cowbird. They're definitely thin skinned, but they haven't turned out too bad for me if I take my time. I'm pretty sure the above species are not legal in the states, could be wrong though.
     
  9. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    check with your state dnr..the feds gave blackbird control to states
     
  10. clschake

    clschake New Member

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    Thanks for the replies.
     
  11. JessiJD

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    Not to confuse amount of time with fingernail busting dificulty.

    Hardest I've come across: ostrich.

    Imagine a bird who's feathers (couple thousand) have to be individually turned and pined in position. Salted skin. All the feathers were all flipped forward facing the wrong direction. On top of the neck. Many frustrations there. Tearing, wrinkles, etc.

    Easiest: TURKEY

    Any pose. Just takes longer. I have a unique method too ;)
     
  12. clschake

    clschake New Member

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    gcwaterfowl
    I'd love to hear more about your method? If you car to share or have posted on it elsewhere a link?
     
  13. JessiJD

    JessiJD New Member

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    Nope. no problem. Turkeys are easy, once you literally break them down.

    Basically, I chopp'm up. With turkeys you get a handful of problems that you are forced to deal with all at once. Once you cut them up, and see the individual pieces as separate projects, your stress level will drop, your anatomy, grooming, symmetry, etc. Will all improve. It lets you concentrate on one part, ie. A wing, with out the rest of the bird flopping around all over the darn place. Lets say i only have an hour before i have to pick up the kid from school... I can take said wing out of the freezer, groom it wire it, fill it, and hang it to dry and not have to worry about the rest of the bird skin. I can then choose to work on that bird some more the next day or the next week. Once parts are assembled on the body, wings, legs, head, tail, everything can be adjusted and balanced without the lomg feathers of thr cape getting in the way. Legs are cut at the top of the drumstcks and skinned like a sock so no seams! Just wire up to the body and fill each drumstick with one ounce of foam. Foam rises, shapes the leg into a beautiful, extremely solid drumstick the bonds directly to the form. Once all the parts are set, pop them off , slide on the cape , pop them back on. Everything should be lined up perfectly. No adjusting or guesswork while fighting breast or back feathers. Assembly of the cape takes 1 hour at most. Legs and wings are dry, solid and perfectly groomed. There's alot of your headache eliminated.

    I can do several in a day along with other things.
    Modular turkeys and snap-on taxidermy.
     
  14. clschake

    clschake New Member

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    Sounds a lot like the "kits" they sell now only you make your own with foam. Now when you pop them all back on, are you using any adhesive, bondo, or chalk, or do you somehow sew them? Common sense tells me too many feathers to get in your way. But have to ask, I'm picturing this now...