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Pheasant Head Question??

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by Cacklerslayer, Aug 26, 2019.

  1. Cacklerslayer

    Cacklerslayer New Member

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    I have a couple roosters I shot last season and want to attempt to mount them. I am not sure how to go about doing the heads on them and the process of doing the wattles!?? How do you guys go about them. I have done lots of waterfowl and I make my own heads but from what I've gathered, roosters are completely different. Any help would be greatly appreciated! 20190826_180642.jpg
     
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  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    I like the pheasant heads from Matuska, fall wattles. Skin them like a duck, cut around the beak, peeling the skin back. You have to split the wattles. with a little practice , it isn't that hard. Once you have it skinned you can see a line where the upper and lower wattle are. Cut along that with your finger on the outside until it is open completely. We all mess up now and again and cut holes. Don't worry too much about them. I use clear caulk as an adhesive on bird heads. it will ooze out of any holes just clean it up with soapy water.
     
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  3. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    "wattles".....ducks waddle
     
  4. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    OK, Richard Cranium, ;) I corrected it. I didn't think it looked right but I was tired and just went with it.
     
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  5. Cacklerslayer

    Cacklerslayer New Member

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    My bad too lol I didn't even realize I spelt it that way.
     
  6. bucksnort10

    bucksnort10 Well-Known Member

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    Ha ha.
    The shoe is on the other foot now.
     
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  7. RichMO

    RichMO Active Member

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    I think I need to learn English all over again....watdles... Anyway took a class with Kent Reedy about month ago for spring wattles and was surprised by several things. No caulk was one thing in over 90% of the head.
     
  8. Crittrstuffr

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    McKenzie sells a foam neck - head insert I've used for years with good results. You can take your finger up the neck to the head a loosen the skin up enough to invert the head without an incision. Invert over the head and trim the skull at the beak leaving the beak attached to the skin. Wash and dry your bird after defatting and slip the insert in and place your finger in the mouth to help to get the foam head-neck in. I have it wired to the body already slide the neck down and insert the body and proceed with the mounting. I also trim the beak area on the form flat with a pair of scissors so it conforms to the head better. Hot glue the eyes in place prior to installing the head. Nice part is you can pin the skin in place easily. Just my way good luck