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Preserving Calf Hooves That Are Still Soft

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by renn, Jan 9, 2022.

  1. renn

    renn New Member

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    I'm working on a stillborn Dexter calf right now, but the bottom half of the hooves are soft and squishy, not fully hardened, and I'm stumped about how to preserve them, or if I should just cut the soft half off and rebuild with clay. Has anyone dealt with it? I imagine the soft part will rot if I leave it as is.
     
  2. WLELTD

    WLELTD Active Member

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    cast them
     

  3. cvinger

    cvinger Active Member

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    I've not worked with calf hooves, but I've done a few fawns. One was newborn with soft hooves. From my experience, the hoof will have to be rebuilt with epoxy no mater what. They always shrink and dry irregularly. Ive never cut the soft part off, just let it dry. So, take reference pics of the hooves now and use them when rebuilding/recoloring the hooves later.