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How Clean Are Your Turkey Tail Butts?

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by Tanglewood Taxidermy, May 10, 2023.

  1. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    A lot of Youtube videos will tell you to remove as much meat as possible and the pile borax or salt on it to dry out the meat and fat. This, in most of the DIY videos, would be the maximum effert and this is why, I don't suggest them. Resized_20230506_132834_1441412007849727.jpg
  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    In a few, this is the maximum effort and is probably the maximum effert most taxidermists will do and is more than likely adequate if DP or borax is used. Resized_20230506_133951_1441431553203365.jpeg

  3. Jim McNamara

    Jim McNamara Well-Known Member

    I try to get more off and out of between those quills.
  4. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I like to go further. I forgot to take a pic of what further means to me, but, I took a pic after set it in hot glue. I was out of Bondo and hot glue is adequate for what I need to be done. I don't usually use hot glue as it remains slightly flexible, But I'm not doing customer work so hot glue it is. Resized_20230509_154605_1441446455762266.jpg
  5. Leonard "Tazman" Qualls

    Leonard "Tazman" Qualls Active Member

    Looks like you got it clean on finished product.
  6. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Yes. There is zero fat or meat on the finished product.

    I can't believe what those DIY videos are saying and showing. Very little meat removal and almost no fat removal. On some of the cape and wing mounts they remove no meat and fat and just salt or borax heavily. They don't flesh or wash them.

    I watched one a while back on wing mounting. They never removed any meat at all from the wing bones and said to salt heavily for a month to dry out the meat on the wing bones.
  7. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

    Yep and then they come wining that they have bugs infesting their mount. I ask if they did it themselves and when I hear a yes, I respond that you got what you paid for.
  8. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    Once upon a time, I tried pressure washing turkeys. It did an awesome job of cleaning the cape when I didn't destroy it! The problem was the there was moisture in the cape I failed to remove. On a few mounted birds, the wings began to stink! I injected them with Formaldehyde, but they had rotted to the point that the primaries slipped out. I had to wait a month for the smell to dissipate, then glue the primaries back into their sockets. Borax alone does not replace proper fleshing. I can only hope those birds will stand the test of time.
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  9. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

    All my turkey butts are whisper clean like yours. I separate all feathers, clean them, wash/dry if needed and then reassembly them. Most of the time with bondo but hot glue works in a pinch.
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