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Turkey Tail Cleaning

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by dwimberly, Oct 9, 2017.

  1. BrookeSFD16

    BrookeSFD16 Well-Known Member

    Amen Joey! I "built" this a few years ago for rinsing big birds. Let's you pull it out of the water without risking ripping the bird. Like you said immersion is the way to go, and with this contraption I can submerge and then rinse with running water while the bird stays in the holy tub too.



  2. bucksnort10

    bucksnort10 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for sharing Brooke. That is clever of you.
    I had been doing my turkeys suspended on a traffic cone over a floor drain.
    Then using a garden hose to rinse.
    For my smaller birds I have been using a large colander. But it isn't big enough for larger birds.
    Your idea will work sweet. I will put it right over my floor drain.

  3. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    One note on the "wire wheeling". That should just be the first part of it IMO. After I wheel the fat off, I take a wire bristle brush like welders use, and I brush between the quills again. I grasp the feathers and lay the base of the tail over a trashcan. Then I push the brush down through the quills to break up all the fat residue up under the skin. In my experience, the wheel never gets deep enough into the tail area for my liking.
  4. Birds Only

    Birds Only Member

    I don't use DAWN EVER on any of my turkeys. Hate the stuff. When I do have to wash my turkey's (Which is about every 3rd or 4th one) I use ONLY powder TIDE. Wash once in TIDE, rinse once in clean water. Squeeze as much water out by hand, then towel squeeze more, then blow dry with shop vac in reverse with a hair dryer in intake with heat set on high. I NEVER tumble my turkeys, EVER. All this after the bird has been fleshed.
  5. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    How I go about cleaning the quills is first with a scalpel, then with scissors, followed by wire wheel. Next, I the wrap a paper towel around the quill and squeezing with my finger and thumb nails removing everything on the quill. When it is ready to wash, it is already clean enough that I would have little problem using them for chop sticks to eat my dinner.

    I pretty much just leave a thin piece of skin to hold the quills in place and approach the quills as LowT, who used to be on here, did for total meatless/fatless tails. There honestly is only a small amount of skin and quills and that's it. There is 100% no meat or fat any where.
  6. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

    ^^ this^^