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Skinning Wings

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by jerhuntr, Nov 26, 2022.

  1. jerhuntr

    jerhuntr Member

    How do you all preserve the last little wing bones (metacarpal?)? Not too much seems to be addressed on this. Turkeys, geese ,I guess bigger birds I will see flesh removed from under the wing with a small incision. But smaller ,pheasants or ducks or even smaller like quail for instance, is there enough flesh to worry about? Inject maybe? Is there a "rule of thumb", say, " bigger than a pheasant? Or certain types of birds? Waterfowl vs upland? Any responses should be helpful. Thanks
  2. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    From large ducks on up, I make a cut on underside and remove meat and often use superglue to close it up. Most upland I don't worry about it. Turkeys I for sure remove as I stated.

  3. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I remove it from quail on up.
  4. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

    I don't on anything duck size down. Geese turkeys cranes etc it comes out
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  5. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    The first decent ducks I mounted 50 years ago all lost their primaries due to dermestids. No matter how small the bird, I slice down between the bones with a scalpel and remove any flesh, then rub in DP. My preservative of choice for birds is Larry Bloomquists' "PRES" sold by McKenzie. I do not close the incision on commercial birds. I think the open incision aids in rapid and continual drying of the wing tips.
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