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Removing The Feathers Off Of A Decomposed Bird.

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Alison Siffleet, Jan 28, 2020.

  1. Alison Siffleet

    Alison Siffleet New Member

    Hi there, I'm new to taxidermy and I have a Raven that has been decaying in some grass for over six months. It's completely dry and weightless, no maggots or anything in it anymore. I want to keep the feet and the skull, but I'm not entirely sure on how to remove the feathers without breaking the skull. I've skinned small birds before when they were fresh, but since it's so old the feathers are almost cemented in there. I've read online about soaking the skulls in Dawn dish soap water but it's for skulls with bits of meat left typically and also read about dumping it in boiling water, but that's only if it's fresh. I'm kind of stuck on what to do now with it and I hope keeping the skull isn't a lost cause.
  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Just place it in warm water.
    It’ll hydrate and begin to rot or what we call macerate.
    Let this soak and in time you’ll get your skull

  3. Just be cautious. They are natures cleanup crew and regulary eat dead and diseased flesh.