Skinning a dhydrated bird

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Skinning a dhydrated bird

Postby RedTx » Sun Mar 26, 2006 7:07 pm

Guys i need some answers. I skinned a blue wing teal tonight that was in great plumage. I got to its head, and it was completely dehydrated, while trying to skin it out I tore it in many places. I decided to dispose of the skin because it was torn in about 3 diffrent places. There was simply no mositure in the skin to do anything with. How do you cope with this problem?


Pete-pec please dont say I told you so :laughing: Ive learned my lesson :yes:
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Re: Skinning a dhydrated bird

Postby Smackaduck » Sun Mar 26, 2006 9:11 pm

RedTx wrote:Pete-pec please dont say I told you so :laughing: :yes:
If they're dumb enough to be lured in by plastic you're really just doing them a favor.

Know your target before you pull the trigger.

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Postby Pete-pec » Mon Mar 27, 2006 11:35 am

Told you so! Next time take the head and soak it in cold water to rehydrate it. You can also take a syringe and take dawn dish soap and a water solution and inject the head just underneath the skin. Those birds that are left in your chest freezer are not a complete loss, so give my advice a try. You had some real pretty ducks from what I remember, so don't throw anymore away.

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Don't Give up on those skins.

Postby Northern Stalker » Wed Mar 29, 2006 1:31 am

Pete nailed it.
Don't give up on a skin unless you have to. I did a Bufflehead the other day who's feet were really dried out, I let him soak for an hour and his feet were as good as new.
Blue Winged Teal huh.....what a sweet bird!
Better luck next time...don't give up on them skins.

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Postby RedTx » Wed Mar 29, 2006 3:33 pm

Well I ended up saving the skin. Im hoping I can stitch all the rips in the head and make it look presentable. Which leads me to a question.

What kind of stitch should I use? I have been using a baseball stitch

How close should the stitches be?

If I do it right will I be able to tell I sewed it?
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tears, rips, holes....gotta love this stuff.

Postby Northern Stalker » Thu Mar 30, 2006 12:55 am

If you sew it correctly, then no you shouldn't be able to see the seam.
on some thing small like a teal head, if the holes are very small you might be able to get away with superglue, depending on how large the tears are.
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