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Tips For Wannabe-taxidermist?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by tyresebro1, Feb 10, 2020.

  1. tyresebro1

    tyresebro1 New Member

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    Hi, friends! I took a taxidermy class after years of collecting and wanting to, but being kind of afraid. Turns out I love it. I'm looking to get my feet wet and start with some feeder mice, however I live in an apartment. I know it's do-able, but I want to have a plan on what to do with the skinned carcass once I'm done. I'd rather not just throw it in the trash since. Is there any tips on composting? Would that too smelly for my apartment complex?
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  2. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    I think you would be better off disposing carcasses as long as you live in an apartment.
     
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  3. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    X2 - compost requires space and, other raw materials and will still have an odor. Seal in baggies and dispose of them in the trash. You can also freeze the carcasses until trash day and them throw them out.
     
  4. Daedric.oak

    Daedric.oak Member

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    I live in an apartment as well. For small feeder mice I can give them to a friend's snake if they're in good condition. For smaller mammals like squirrels and chipmunks if I know how they've been dispatched I've attempted to feed them to my cats (which the spoiled fellas didn't want to eat haha). Otherwise for larger mammals (foxes, coyotes, possum etc) I take the skulls and dispose of the rest. It does seem wasteful but there's not much you can do in an apartment sadly. When weather gets warmer I will put a maceration bucket out in my parking spot (covered and locked if possible! Don't want unsuspecting college students going through my buckets) to clean the bones. I have a local college zooarchaeology lab that takes bones for their comparative collection. I've also heard some zoos/sanctuaries can take bodies if they're in good condition and you know how they were dispatched.
     
  5. Double seal them in Ziplock bags and throw in the regular trash. You can also toss them into any wooded area (if available) for nature to run it's course.