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working time on prepped bird skin

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  1. aythyafanatic04

    aythyafanatic04 New Member

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    Hey guys. I am new to this forum and not very familiar with it but trying to get some info from different people with experience working with waterfowl. I have been mounting my own birds for the last 6 months, learned the basics of the process from a Joe Ferebee video I ordered and have pieced together and figured out the rest on my own but I have a lot of questions since I haven't had the opportunity to work underneath anyone who knows what they're doing. I will post another thread with a different pressing question I have but this one has to do with break time between prepping and mounting a bird. I find that once I have taken the time to do a good job skinning and fleshing a bird it is tough to go straight into mounting it without getting frustrated and it really helps to take a break and sometimes I don't even have 8 hours in a day to complete the whole process. I was wondering in general once you prep a skin if you would ever freeze it and mount it later (have done it a couple times and it seemed to have worked out fine) or how long you would let a prepped skin sit out before putting it on the form. Any knowledge you can offer would be much appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. Brad's Birds

    Brad's Birds Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

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    No problem with putting it back in the freezer and working on it at a later date. Best would be to skin/flesh/wash/rinse and then put in a Ziploc "wet" and re-freeze to keep the skin from getting dry if it stays in the freezer longer than you planned. I do this every week. I try to skin/flesh/wash as many birds as I can on Monday/Tuesday and spend the rest of the week mounting. Skins go into a Ziploc and back in the freezer. I thaw them out in warm water while I prep the bodies/paint heads, etc... If you know you are going to get to it the next day, putting it in a refrigerator is fine too.
     
  3. aythyafanatic04

    aythyafanatic04 New Member

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    If its tried and true for you then I believe I will start doing the same. It makes sense that freezing the skin would lock in the moisture while its frozen but I didn't know if other people did the same thing. Thanks a lot for sharing.
     

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