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turkey body size

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by Edward C Forest, Aug 17, 2018.

  1. Edward C Forest

    Edward C Forest New Member

    What is the best way to determine the proper form size for a skinned turkey and no weight known?
  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    The BEST way is to buy a small, medium and large and test fit.
    I have bought turkey forms that gave measurements and I couldn't get near those measurements when I measured the form. So, that can be unreliable. Also, weight is relative and not all 20 pound toms have the same measurements. I usually order the form on the low side of what they claim because a form that is a little smaller than you would like is much better than a form that is a little tighter than you would like.

    An example is I kill a 19 pound turkey. I would order a form that is for a 15 to 17 pound tom or 16 to 20 pound tom which ever measurements that form might come in.
    You have no body weight or measurements, so buy a small, medium and large and one will fit.
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  3. Tom Maul

    Tom Maul Active Member

    I agree... flesh and wash that sucker, towel dry and test fit.
    A turkey needs ahelluvalotta room.
    You could make a large turkey look good on a medium mannikan, but you're gonna be hard pressed to make a medium turkey look even half assed good on a large mannikan...IMHO
    Tanglewood Taxidermy likes this.
  4. BrookeSFD16

    BrookeSFD16 Well-Known Member

    Ahellofalotta? That's funny...but true.

    Test fit and make sure you have about 2" of slack.
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  5. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I don't use the rule of thumb when sizing the skin to the mount.

    I use the rule of fist.

    I put the skin where I want it and if I can make fist between the mannikin breast and the breast skin and it's not tight, I'll go with that.
    BrookeSFD16 likes this.