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How To Preserve A Bird? Mostly Feathers And Bones

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by Leozumi, Oct 26, 2019.

  1. Leozumi

    Leozumi New Member

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    Hello,
    I am new to vulture culture and I don't know very much about preserving specimens. I happened upon a dead bird today; I'm guessing roadkill, and it looks like it's been dead for a while, maybe a week or so. There is not very much "meat" left, besides what is holding the feathers to the bones. It's not 100% intact and the neck is very loose. I would like to keep it from further damage as much as possible. I was considering getting an artist-grade epoxy resin, like the one that you can use to preserve paint, etc. But I don't know if that will keep the bird from decaying or not, and whether I can have it suspended instead of sinking to the bottom (I have never worked with resin either). So I guess my question is, is it a good idea to try to preserve a specimen in epoxy resin, or is there a better alternative that will produce a similar end product? Are there any other things I should know before starting? I would love to have this bird around for a long time, and I am excited since this is my first time attempting something like this.
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  2. Jtown

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    It's a good idea to be able to identify what it is before you picked it up. If I'm not mistaken there's only a handful of birds you are allowed to be in possession of without proper permits. I believe you also need a permit to preserve any protected birds. Here's a couple of links that may help or interest you.

    https://www.fws.gov/birds/policies-and-regulations/laws-legislations/migratory-bird-treaty-act.php

    https://www.aba.org/

    https://www.fws.gov/permits/ApplicationMain.html

    I'm far from an expert here but i think most would tell you to get rid of the bird considering the likely possibility you are faced with some kind of unlawful possession. Check your state and local laws regarding "bird possession."

    In the event you are in possession of a legal bird, there are a bunch of tutorials you can find in the forums section for bird taxidermy and skeleton preservation. YouTube may even have a tutorial.

    Don't forget to check out the for sale section. You may be able to find a bird you'd like to preserve or something bigger.

    Good luck