Hey everyone. I recently have started transitioning over to bird taxidermy. I am starting off with small birds first as practice before I do something bigger. I have had 2 incidents where the skinning and the fleshing is fine, but then after pickling and washing skins, the feathers seem to not fall back to the shape of the body. I also get these weird bald spots, even though there was virtually no feather slippage (maybe 3 feathers fell max but overall I don't see any feathers ripping off in excess). I am guessing perhaps the feathers aren't slipping, but it seems more likely that they aren't falling back into proper place against the skin. Here is my procedure: 1. skin bird (detach secondaries, remove gland, scoop out brain etc) 2. salt the skin from inside 3. remove any particle of flesh that are more difficult so wings legs etc. At this stage, everything looks good and if I just stuff it is good. 4. acid/salt pickle (I have some from when I do mammals) to disinfect and thoroughly salt everything. It's also cleaner 5. remove skin and rinse with water (and dawn) 6. naptha 7. corncob it and blowdry. generally speaking, I can fluff up the feathers, but they don't seem to fall into place on the body. I have seen tutorial videos where they wash the skins with no problems after drying, but for some reason after I wash mine, it gets all weird with the feathers. Here are pictures. Can anyone offer any advice? I am very new to bird taxidermy and would appreciate any tips!