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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by justbugged, Dec 4, 2011.
I know that I can use borax to tan the hide, but what else do I need to know about this?
lol...I though u meant how do u punish it. Mom would tan my hide now and then..not sure why
Borax dries it well, doesn't tan it which means getting soft leather. You can also use salt. Most tack it down flesh side up to a board then cover with borax or salt.
When I would put feathered bird hides in a tumbler I would add borax because it would inhibit parasite infestation to the mounted bird, the borax penatrated to the feather bases and also the flesh side of the hide. Bugs just don't like borax. They also make tanins for bird hides. Check Rhinehart, Mckenzie, or Vandyke taxidermy supply.
*raises hand* That makes three of us.
Since we're talking about ACTUAL hides here...
Back in the Dark Ages of the late '90s, I was a work-study student in a biology department at a community college. One of the professors was an ornithologist who used to mount his own specimens. He would completely deflesh the skin with scrapers, soak it in a preservative solution for a while (it was ages ago - I don't remember in what or how long, but knowing him it was probably formalin), then stretch it out flat to dry. He also stored them in disused freezers or in cabinets with mothballs to prevent insect damage if he wasn't going to display them. Of course, the average person probably doesn't want to muck around with formalin.
Here's a taxidermy supply site that will probably keep me occupied reading it for ages tonight, as now I'm interested: http://www.taxidermy.com/cat/15/tanchem.html
Is envisioning a pimp-daddy coat, LOL.
Quote:x2 ETA: oops, x3 or is it x4 who tans a rooster, come on!
I thought someone here was gonna flog their rooster!