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Bird Taxidermy Tips
Without a doubt proper field care will determine the quality of
your finished mount. When collecting waterfowl in the field your
normally shooting it with a shotgun so try to select a bird that has
the least amount of damage. Check feet, bill and spread wings to
make sure your bird is not missing feathers. While in the field
protect your selected waterfowl by placing it head first down a pair
of old panty hose. The panty hose will do a great job of holding
feathers in place to reduce damage. Wrap your bird in two plastic
bags and seal them very tightly. Freeze the bird as soon as
possible. Keep the bird on ice, but do not get it wet until freezing
Bird Reference: One of the most valuable things you can
do to perfect your bird taxidermy
skills is to study live birds as much as possible. You can start by
collecting photos from bird and waterfowl magazines. If you have a
local zoo, go study the live birds. The most successful bird and
waterfowl taxidermist in the world have bird aviaries at the shop or
home to study their own collection of live birds. Taking the time to
study birds, ducks and waterfowl references will be a huge factor in
your becoming a true master at bird taxidermy.
Taxidermy Specimens: In bird taxidermy, there
are 3 basic groups to consider: Waterfowl, Turkey and Game
Birds. Our first video focuses on the most popular and
lucrative for a taxidermy studio, duck taxidermy.
Duck Taxidermy can be a fun and
creative hobby or it can add revenue to the bottom line of your
taxidermy business. Our video teaches a standing mount
using a Woodduck specimen. This is the best place to begin
in learning the process. Once you have mastered this
mount, you can move on to flying mounts and even water display
cases that are truly a work of taxidermy art.
Game bird taxidermy, such as
Pheasant, Quail and Dove is very popular in many areas.
The basic techniques taught in the Standing Woodduck Video would
be applied to mounting game birds. It is good planning to
acquire several specimen because the skin on these birds can be
very fragile and easily damaged.
Turkey taxidermy requires some
experience and skill. Although the basic techniques are
similar to waterfowl taxidermy, these birds are much bigger and
require artificial or freeze-dried heads. While mounting
Wild Turkey is more difficult and more time consuming, the
financial rewards can be substantial.