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Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by fishhead64, Dec 11, 2019.
What is the best way and best grit
I use ground cob mixed with a little puffed or granular borax. If you don't have a tumbler an old pillow case works well.
Blow dry. No grit.
What he said ^^^^^^^^
Blow dry. No grit.
blow dry for sure. JMO
Ditto on blow dry. I can dry a turkey in 45 minutes with a hair dryer. It's time well spent
Blow drying is great and my normal method for the last few yrs as I don't have my tumbler ... Say what you want but tumbler skins come out fluffy and look great after you get the grit out . My main issue with a blow dryer is keeping the skin moist , never fails I get the skin too dry and tear it ... I m getting a tumbler before I mount any birds this yr ...works best for me ... but everyone has there preference so whatever you like best is my opinion
You can always learn to moisten the skin after blow drying ...... : ) I use a paint brush with just a little water on it. Then dab it on the skin. Good luck.
From gas to towel to blow dry. I dont tumble anymore. But when I did, I used cob only.
No gas. I am putting turkeys in the tumbler for about 20 mins with corncob grit. Then blow drying. May stop with the tumbler once I get a better dryer. Ducks I just use the blow dryer.
By by-passing the cob grit you will get a cleaner skin with no grit stuck to it and the down feathers, so a little less messy. I have done it with and without grit and there was less clean up without the grit, but each way produced a great looking skin with fluffy down and shiny feathers.
I don't think you get as good a result without a tumble. You are probably gonna have to get a little water back on the skin regardless of what you do.
I like my 55 gal tumbler with corn cob grit. 20 minutes or so after a dawn wash and spin in the old washer that everyone needs in their shop. No gas.
The cob sticks worse where it is still wet. It also sticks in primary feathers, turkeys are the worst. Just makes you groom them more, toothbrush works good. A quick blast over with compressed air removes most grit, inside and out.
A pet dryer is FAR superior to a hair dryer for big jobs. Mine is a pet commander, it is legit, theres very few cobwebs around after using it. I use my hair dryer for little touch ups only.
Another factor is your water, I am on hard, high pH well water. Stealing water from town for the final rinse gets done occasionally.