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Trying Again

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Mooretitan, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. Mooretitan

    Mooretitan New Member

    well last year I tried a few bird mounts and let’s say they did not turn out great. Had a good time laughing at myself but at least I got them finished. Anyways I am going to give a try again this weekend. I worked the 1st time with a couple quail and chukar. Problem I was having the most was getting this feathers to fluff back up and lay natural. I washed the birds after skinning and not sure if this had to do with it.
    So for this weekend I can try another chukar or work on a wood duck.
    Are waterfowl typically easier than upland birds

  2. whitetails and fish only

    whitetails and fish only Well-Known Member

    I don't know about the chukar but I do know that wood ducks are very fat and the skin tears very easily especially from legs back to the tail. After you wash your bird skin do a thorough job of rinsing. Any soap left in the feathers will not allow them to fluff properly.

  3. Fallenscale

    Fallenscale Well-Known Member

    I'm no master taxidermist but I will say many mounts would look a lot better then they do if the Feathers & Fur didn't have grease and dirt on them when mounted .a good degreasing and washing make some look brighter and fluffed up
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  4. rogerswildlife

    rogerswildlife Rogers Wildlife Taxidermy Tommy Rogers

    You said you" skinned and washed " did you flesh it and what did you wash it in ? Waterfowl are alot more tinder skin than a upland game bird . You have to flesh really good and wash in liquid dawn dish detergent . I wash and soak at least 3 times in dawn till the water is clear. Then rinse in plain water and let it soak for a bit . Then dry till the downey feathers are completely dry all the way . This will help the feathers fluff and lay better .
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