So I am completely new to taxidermy and I so far only mounted a grey squirrel and am finishing up a life size coyote mount that has shown me how inexperienced I am. I have a couple questions and andante actually a little nervous as to the responses so please remember I am a beginner. I skinned everything out relatively easily except for the feet. I had a heck of a time once I got down to the "wrist" area right before the toes. I watched some videos on YouTube and read people that say that with the feet it's mostly cartilage and bone so they will dry out. I have also read that the footpads will rot and cause problems (smell etc) so I have been injecting the feet and all the pads with Balmex which I'm hoping will do what it says. I also plan to pack the feet as much as I can with borax having lick drying birds feet out with it. Any advice tips or anything would be appreciated. I'm worried that I've done all this work and that one thing is gonna ruin the mount. On top of the many other things I would change and do differently next time. It was a great learning experience and I can't wait to try again! I also don't know how to insert pictures. If I can figure it out I will attach some of what I've done.