How do I tan a Roosters hide?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by justbugged, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

    Jan 27, 2009
    I know that I can use borax to tan the hide, but what else do I need to know about this?
  2. yellowirenut

    yellowirenut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 27, 2011
    New haven, IN
    lol...I though u meant how do u punish it. Mom would tan my hide now and then..not sure why [​IMG]
  3. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    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.
  4. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
    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.
  5. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2010
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  6. Henicillin

    Henicillin Pill Counting Pullet

    Apr 12, 2011
    East Nassau, NY
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    *raises hand* That makes three of us. [​IMG]

    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:
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2011
  7. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    Taw it
  8. CluckyJay

    CluckyJay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2011
    Crossville, Tennessee
    Is envisioning a pimp-daddy coat, LOL.
  9. Dutchess

    Dutchess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:x2 [​IMG] ETA: oops, x3 or is it x4 who tans a rooster, come on!
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2011
  10. BusyBlonde

    BusyBlonde Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2011
    Bessemer City, NC
    x5! [​IMG]

    I thought someone here was gonna flog their rooster! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

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