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Preserving Beak Sheaths.

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by LilyDay, Jul 23, 2019.

  1. LilyDay

    LilyDay New Member

    Hey, me again. Got another question:

    How do you preserve a beak sheath?

    So, I've got this pigeon skull and the beak sheaths have fallen off during the maceration process. They are both still in good condition and I wish to put them back on the whitened skull, when I'm done.


    Is there a particular way to preserve these, or are they fine just as they are? (I've only soaked them in water, with the rest of the skull, for now and simply took them out to dry once they fell off).

  2. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Soak them for a bit in water to soften them again. Put them in a small jar with water and a good shot of rubbing alcohol. That way, they stay soft, won't decompose and will fit better when you try to restore them to the skull. If you dry them off the skull they will shrink and distort and they won't fit back on. There are a lot of good posts on here in the archives about cleaning and re assembling bird skeletons with many hints and tricks to help you.

  3. LilyDay

    LilyDay New Member

    Thanks again, Seawolf!