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After Skinning A Bird

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Ryan Pasterfield, Nov 8, 2019.

  1. After I skin and treat a bird with borax and wash and dry it how long can it stay like that before I try to mount it? Days, weeks or alot longer?
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  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I would not let it go more than a day after using borax. If you want to wait to mount it, I would wash the borax off and keep it moist and freeze it.
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  3. Thank you. I am very new to this. This will be my first attempt. we got a few doves this year and thought I would give it a try. Just working on a supply list now.
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  4. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    A dove is the worst selection for a first bird. They are extremely difficult to mount. Freeze them, and get a tough ol’ green head or a pheasant. Don’t won’t you to get discouraged and give up. After mounting several birds, try a dove.
  5. We do have a pheasant hunt coming up so we will see. What makes a dove so hard? Just thin skin? If I know it's hard going in I dont typical give up.

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  6. socalmountainman

    socalmountainman Northwestern School of Taxidermy - Class of '73

    Ryan, doves lose a lot, and I mean A LOT, of feathers. They are also thin skinned so you have to be gentle. Knowing this going in, if you have plenty of practice birds, I say go for it!
    You may become the "dove expert" from all the practice! But, for Pete's sake, make sure you breast them out for supper first!!!
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  7. The last thing I do with a bird skin, after all fleshing and de-fatting is done, is soak it over night in a borax-alum solution, then wrap in a towel until some what dry and if not ready to mount I put it in a plastic bag and freeze. When ready to mount it will thaw very fast and then proceed with drying and mounting. I have kept frozen skins for months using this method.