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Removing Bird Tails

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by mike I, Jul 25, 2019.

  1. mike I

    mike I New Member

    My question is when mounting birds, do you always remove the tail even on small birds-quail , grouse etc.?

    thanks mike
  2. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

    No I only remove the tails on large birds like turkey and pheasants. All others stay connected
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  3. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    Depending on the pose on smaller birds. If the pose calls for a stiff fanned out tail then I like to remove and pose them, then install after bird is mounted and almost complete. Less damage done by me while working on the bird. On bigger birds they all come off regardless of the pose.
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  4. mike I

    mike I New Member

    Thank you both.
  5. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Agreed! I began removing bird tails on pheasants when the arrived years ago. I clean and card the tail, and it's ready for mounting when I need it. Plus, it keeps it from getting all beat up in the freezer. Turkey fans are removed when skinning, and packaged with the bird until mounting.
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  6. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I did the same as joeym. I also removed a grouse tail only f it was going to be in a "strut" display.