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  1. MD Ducker

    MD Ducker Moderator Moderator

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    My son has a fox skin & wants to keep it for in his room. Right now the fox is skinned (no meat, bones, etc) & in the refrigerator. Its been in there about 2 weeks :eek:...hope it isn't messed up. Does a taxidermist do that or is that a specialty & any idea of how much it runs?
     
  2. Grandfowl

    Grandfowl Senior Refuge Member

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    Check the fur out to see if its slipping. The fur will peel off the skin super easy if it is slipping. The hide either needs to be dried or put in the freezer immediately if its still good. Here is a link to a tannery.

    http://www.moytown.com/

    You will want to look at Tanning -Fur. Prices and other info are on the website.
     
  3. cholt

    cholt Senior Refuge Member

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    Have a good buddy that has a pressure tanner that works great
     
  4. Brad's Birds

    Brad's Birds Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

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    2 weeks is a long time for a green hide to sit in the fridge. Check for slippage as suggested. Most tanneries will not accept green (frozen) hides so it will need to be scraped and dried (salted or stretched/air). Some taxidermy shops will do this for you. The actual tanning is not that expensive, @ $25 or so for a fox, but the labor for scraping drying and then shipping both ways, etc.... can triple or more that price by the time you're finished.
     
  5. JRS

    JRS Elite Refuge Member

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    Check the face, ears, and tail for slippage, those are the first to go. Smell it for rot. If it is ok, stretch/nail it to a piece of dry plywood, cover it in rock salt, and put it in a dry place.
     

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