How do you tan the hide to preserve feathers in hide? (soft hide)

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by dustponds10, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. dustponds10

    dustponds10 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Rigby, Id
    Well I am going to be harvesting some birds and I have invested some money in so Genetic hackle birds that I just got and am wanting to practice on the Roosters that I got for meat birds before I go and mutalate the Genetic hackle birds. I am wanting to get the hides soft and plyable. I dont want to just salt the hides because that makes them stiff and hard to store and work with. If you have the recipe for the soft tan please let me know so I can start trying it. Thanks all.
  2. dustponds10

    dustponds10 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Rigby, Id
    Anyone know how to flesh by hand? I cant afford the machine that I would normally use but if someone could help or if someone knows it would be awesome if i could get some advise.
  3. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2009
    Yucaipa, CA
    I didn't know that chickens had a hide. I mean one that could be tanned. Are you talking about leaving the feathers intact and somehow preserving the skin with the feathers attached? Wow, That I would like to see.
  4. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    I haven't done this yet, but i have done a lot of reading about tanning rabbit hides, and here are some recipes i found for getting the skin really soft. I hope this is helpful to you.

    I know people do this with chicken skins, but i have more trouble finding information on the how to. They use the feathers in the hide for fishing lures, right? I'm sure they have many other uses also.
  5. annageckos

    annageckos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2009
    SE PA / NJ
    I don't think that a mammal tan will work for birds. I have never seen a soft tanned bird skin. I would suggest going over to and asking there, lots of info over there. Good luck.
  6. crperdue

    crperdue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 30, 2008
    Lake Waccamaw, NC
    It does sound odd to think of tanning a chicken hide, but they
    HAVE to do something like that in taxidermy. I would def do
    what annageckos said and surf some taxidermy

    Please post what you find out here, I'd love to hear about
    the process.

    Good luck!

    (edited cuz I can't spell no good [​IMG] )
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2010
  7. Tater n Beans

    Tater n Beans Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 28, 2010
    Extreme South Texas
    Found this after a couple of searches. Chicken Tanning Study. I might try this after our meat batch in the spring. If you try it post some pics. As far as tanning with the feathers on... I would assume that it would still be the same (like deer or rabbits, taking off the hair is after the tanning process and optional). I did however read on some taxidermy forum that when they mount avian skins they need to be de-greased. They recommended a couple washings in Dawn. Hope that helps.

  8. Wolfwoman

    Wolfwoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
    Chickaloon, Alaska
    Mammal tanning does not work for birds. If you want an overload of information on taxidermy and tanning, go here... there will be more info than you can digest in a
  9. coonriver

    coonriver Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Sac City,Iowa
    I have been a full time taxidermist for over 15 years and bird skin is different then mammal skin,depending on the bird if there is a lot of fat you will need to flesh the fat off with a wire wheel or you could use a wire brush to get the fat off between the feather quills or along with maybe some pointed scissors.then you can wash in dawn and clean water rinse when that is done,blow dry the feathers then sprinkle borax on the skin,most skins stay fairly soft when they are dried but some will be a little stiffer,chicken skin wouldn't be to bad,turkey size birds are thicker skinned and would not stay as soft.Mike
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  10. dustponds10

    dustponds10 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Rigby, Id
    Awesome information all. I for sure appericate it a ton. I do have some genetic hackle chickens that i got from a guy on this site and i am just trying to figure out how to harvest teh feathers for fly tying. So this is one of my new hobbies. I am just trying to get it all figured out so when the time comes I will be able to harvest the birds and not waist a skin. I will be trying it out on so roosters that I have growing out from my egg layers here in the next month or two. So when that happens I will post some pictures. Thanks again to everyone.

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