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Bird Washing Question

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by AlpineValleyTaxidermy, Mar 24, 2021.

  1. AlpineValleyTaxidermy

    AlpineValleyTaxidermy Active Member

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    I am currently mounting a starling. And I am washing it right now. How many times should I wash it?
     
  2. I wouldn't wash it unless its bloody.
     

  3. AlpineValleyTaxidermy

    AlpineValleyTaxidermy Active Member

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    Yeah I had gotten stuff all over the feathers
     
  4. Give it a feather bath with laundry detergent...rinse it very clean. Then soak it (float it) in a bowl or sink of clean cold water about 15min. Then lightly wring it out over a bowl of clean water. If you see soap and/or blood or any other fluids on the surface of the clean water, wash it again. Rinse/soak/wring it again.
     
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  5. AlpineValleyTaxidermy

    AlpineValleyTaxidermy Active Member

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    Ok thanks
     
  6. Welcome.
    Future ref- dont wash upland or small birds. Spot was the blood if you have any.
    Good luck
     
  7. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Why shouldn't you wash upland game birds?
     
  8. Well, let me rephrase that. I don't wash them, because I have learned that it's not necessary.
     
  9. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I'm not trying to be facetious, I just want to understand why it is unnecessary to wash them.
     
  10. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    I'm not the expert here, but Nancy Crocker always recommended tumbling the skin in talc, to remove any blood and clean the plumage. Thin skinned birds tend to tear easily when the plumage is weighted down with water.
     
  11. The answer above I totally agree with.
    There are several previous threads about wash vs not wash or tumble vs not to tumble or potato startch vs gas vs blow.dry whatever...lol...the list goes on and on. Wash them all of you want to. I wouldn't wash it unless it required it from blood, fat etc then I'd spot wash it and blow it dry.
    Cheers!
     
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  12. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Thank you.
     
  13. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    wash all birds!! you would be surprised how much dust,bugs, plant materials ,etc. come out of them....remember they bath in dust and dirt....not water like ducks, who wants all that dust and dander floating atound the house .
     
  14. AlpineValleyTaxidermy

    AlpineValleyTaxidermy Active Member

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    I agree byrdman. I actually believe I am particularly allergic to certain birds.
     
  15. GotHonks

    GotHonks Well-Known Member

    A buddy and retired taxidermist came by one day while I was working on a few pheasants , I tossed them into a bucket of dawn and water and he flipped out ... Why are you washing those roosters " because I wash every bird I mount ... He was pretty adamant that I shouldn't be washing upland birds but I don't really care for my work I want the bird clean and not stinking ... I don't wash the tails of they're perfect but normally I wash all parts . Turkey fans too ... I Like clean ..
     
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  16. AlpineValleyTaxidermy

    AlpineValleyTaxidermy Active Member

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    Yup. The blue eared pheasant I had mounted had to be washed. I mean, that thing was covered in dirt. The pheasant had been kept outside in a large “cage” if you want to call it that. But, there is dirt and mud all at the bottom and this pheasant clearly got it all over him.
     
  17. Bryan

    Bryan Member

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    I only try to avoid washing dove. Everything else gets washed.
     
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  18. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    doves and pigeons have “ bloom” which can cause sickness…best to wash them
     
  19. Dark Man

    Dark Man Well-Known Member

    For my 2 cents here is my washing process with almost all birds.when you get into small stuff it differs somewhat,I don’t handle them as much.

    once fleshed I coat with dawn then go over with a tooth brush/wire brush.
    Blast the skin with a quick once over of hot water,then I cool it down with cold.
    I rub dawn to the feathers by hand and soak in cold for a period of time.
    Wring it out from the cold,one more good dawn rub then wash til clean in warm water.
    Been using this process for years with no adverse effects to the skin/feathers.
     
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  20. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    I prefer long overnight soak in dawn water.. very cold… then a rinse soak for at least an hour very little wringing or handling until done soaking then swab in rolled up towels… hate wringing and squeezing look for blood clots before final rinse
     
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