1. Welcome to Taxidermy.net, Guest!
    We have put together a brief tutorial to help you with the site, click here to access it.

Bird Tumbling

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by cadburyrabbit01, Aug 17, 2019.

  1. cadburyrabbit01

    cadburyrabbit01 New Member

    Do you have to tumble a bird to get the best results? Any alternatives you’d suggest? Thanks again for all the help you guys offer!
  2. BrookeSFD16

    BrookeSFD16 Well-Known Member

    No. You do not have to tumble. You can simply dry with a pet dryer or shop vac. It will take longer, and you'll need to keep the skin moist but it works just fine.

  3. I think the same as Brooke
  4. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I hand tumbled in ground corn cob medium in a plastic tub and then blow dried. it was faster than blow drying without tumbling, however, the end results seemed to be the same. Getting the all the cob out of the down can be a little challenging at times.
    BrookeSFD16 likes this.
  5. whitetails and fish only

    whitetails and fish only Well-Known Member

    Another variation on what has already been said. I use ground cobb and add some puffed or granulated borax in a pillow case, easy to gently roll around, then an ordinary hair dryer.
  6. twinrivers

    twinrivers Active Member

    Tried the grit and borax separately in a container. Saves shop space considering the size of a tumbler and quick and easy. Results are just as good.
  7. paul mullins

    paul mullins New Member

    can you use saw dust to dry birds thanks
  8. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    Yes, but be careful. You want hardwood sawdust only. No sawdust from composites such as plywood, because is contains glue. Yellow pine is to be avoided due to the resin in the wood. I have known of guys/gals who use white pine sawdust successfully.
  9. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    I have a tumbler but rarely use it anymore. It's terrible to spend the time required to wash a duck, then toss in into dirty tumbler mix, and have sawdust continually falling from the bird. It takes me about 30 minutes to dry a duck, an hour for a turkey, using a hair dryer. It's time well spent, IMO.