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Degreasing

Postby 1080tommy » Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:49 pm

I am doing several mallards and a merganser this year. I have the manikins, and heads but am just wondering, after fleshing, what do you guys wash your birds in. I know there are factory degreasers, but does dawn work as well. Just a beginner question. The two that I skinned out last year developed a little more grease in the bodies than I would have liked. I washed thoroughly and fleshed the birds down to the feather tracks. Thanks.
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Re: Degreasing

Postby King Eider » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:46 pm

DAWN DAWN DAWN Nothing else exists. Best product in the world for not only grease but blood removal. I sometimes let a bird soak in heavy dawn solution for a day.

Then RINSE RINSE RINSE in COLD of water as your hands can stand.
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Re: Degreasing

Postby The Waterfowler » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:53 pm

If you get grease burns or leakage then you aren't cleaning the skin completly as the residual fat is leaking out.

Dawn is perfect. For blood clots i use Era as it makes them disappear quickly. The Era emulsifies the clots and takes just minutes. Cuts down on the soaking and rinsing.
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Re: Degreasing

Postby 1080tommy » Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:54 am

I figured that I did not get all the fat off the birds. They are not bad at all and still look great I just noticed when I rubbed the back the feathers seemed to have a little heavyness to them. I guess that's the only way to describe them. Still good looking but I want to be sure to get this new bird really degreased because I will be mounting a very nice drake mallard and the largest duck I have ever shot. I am also mounting a bird for someone else. I am a novice and the person is a close friend and it is not his once in a lifetime bird but a nice one. He got a common merganser hen and would like to give me practice. I think it will be a great experience to mount my own nice drake as well as mounting something for someone else. I also have no pressure because my friend is not counting on a museum quality mount and told me that he would like to see what I can do with her and to give me practice. Thanks for the advice and I used a lot of dawn last time. I will do better at fleshing and then do a better rinse job with the dawn.
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Re: Degreasing

Postby The Waterfowler » Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:29 am

Dawn works well, but cannot penetrate under tissue to get at the fat. It's an emulsifier and will only lift liberated fat from the skin. A truckload of Dawn will do you no good unless the trapped fat in the skin and feathers is unattached.
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Re: Degreasing

Postby King Eider » Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:37 pm

Pat, can you tell me more about using Era? Specific type, Era, Era Plus? Soaking time, cold, warm water, amounts...?
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