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Freeze drying bird heads and feet

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by nbrock, Sep 17, 2017.

  1. nbrock

    nbrock New Member

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    Has anyone tried freeze drying the skull /bill and feet of the original bird. Might be able to save money instead of buying artifical heads?
     
  2. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    works great....still need to clean skull and inject feet...just water/white glue mix..
     

  3. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Joe Coombs and Flynn's Forms sells inject-o-fil that is for injecting for freeze drying that you actually freeze dry in your FROST FREE freezer. It is for turkey heads, so, I don't know how well it will work on other things.

    I believe it is made with formaldehyde and white glue. Pretty much what byrdman said.
     
  4. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    I have done smaller duck feet in freezer ...takes about 3 4 months...a turkey head that way would take 2 3 years....and I wouldnt trust it to get all the water out of skull...
     
  5. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    byrdman, they claim it will freeze dry a turkey head in like 4 or so months and I was wanting to try it, however, in the end, like you, I just couldn't trust it enough to try since I send my heads to a freeze drier for them to add to their stock. I now have some severe shot damaged ones that I plan to experiment on them with the inject-o-fil.
    They don't recommend using the skull. They sell a head/neck form specifically for this purpose.
    I like to experiment with stuff like this just to see if a product will actually do what they say they will. We'll see how it goes.
     
  6. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    thats different.....with a foam head/neck then all you are drying is the skin....should work.....
     
  7. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Ya, when I first posted that, I had forgotten that they recommended to not use the real skull. Sorry about that.