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Will Animals Be Good?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Borzoi Boy, Nov 17, 2020.

  1. Borzoi Boy

    Borzoi Boy New Member

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    I had a mink fox coyote raccoon and possum shipped to me yesterday and they are supposed to arrive Friday? Will they be ok? Or when they get here should I even bother opening the box, thank you for any answers! Sorry if this is the wrong forum.
     
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  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    First off you need to tell us, whole, skinned, skinned salted, frozen, fresh etc.
    This way we can assist you better but if their frozen you’ll be fine but get to work on them ASAP
     
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  3. Mandi

    Mandi Well-Known Member

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    See how they smell and get them skinned asap and into a pickle. Stop rot be your good friend as well.
     
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  4. Borzoi Boy

    Borzoi Boy New Member

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    Frozen whole
     
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  5. Borzoi Boy

    Borzoi Boy New Member

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    Stoprot is Sold out on the website,,
     
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  6. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    They’ll probably be thawed and hopefully the person sending them to you took good care of the specimens prior to freezing.
    As said skin ASAP making sure and hopefully nothing turned green and everything is intact. Skin, flesh, salt dry and go from there or you can use a saltbrine also if your going from raw to a pickle.
     
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  7. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    The mink, raccoon and possum will be the most likely to be ok. It's gonna be real iffy on the coyote and fox. Shipping facilities are not heated, and there is a chance they will be OK....refrigerate or place in a cool environment immediately. Be ready to skin like a mad hatter when they arrive...skinning order...coyote, fox, possum, raccoon, and mink.
     
  8. Borzoi Boy

    Borzoi Boy New Member

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    Thank you!
     
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  9. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I just looked at five suppliers that sell Stop-Rot. Surely one of those has it available. Scroll down at the bottom of this page and click on suppliers.
     
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  10. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    If they were packaged and insulated carefully, they will probably be OK. The coyote and the fox may have a little green in the belly area but that doesn’t mean they’re ruined - yet. It just means you need to hurry. Use the order Joey gave you. If you don’t have StopRot spray some Denatured Alcohol on those areas and on the ears (the first place some predators start to slip). When you get to the mink, REMEMBER, they are in the same family as skunks and they have a gland with musk scent stronger IMO than skunks. DO NOT cut that gland!!! Been there and done that and I dearly wish someone had warned me before I started skinning that rascal. :)
     
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  11. Borzoi Boy

    Borzoi Boy New Member

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    Oh? Where are minks scent gland
     
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  12. Mandi

    Mandi Well-Known Member

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    On their butt under their tail. Be careful not to squeeze them when you strip the tail out either. Did that once and nobody wanted to come in my shop and hang out anymore.
     
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  13. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    Musk glands on many animals are on each side of the colon, distal to the anus. Plug the anus with cotton before you start, and cut a circle in the skin around the anus. It's no fun to get that aroma on you...coyotes, foxes, dogs, skunks, mink, otter, and all snakes have them.