Setting the Nap on a Hooded Merganser

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Setting the Nap on a Hooded Merganser

Postby CHAMP7 » Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:15 am

How do you guys set the Hood on a Hooded Merganser? I know they are many different ways from glueing to just plain carding but I have never attempted to do one and I just got one out of the freezer to make a shot at it. I have seached recent threads on here but couldn't find where it had ever been discussed. Any help will be appreciated, I would like to find a way that would work best for me. Thanks in advance.
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Postby Pete-pec » Sat Mar 15, 2008 4:56 am

Probably many ways to do this, but I use a very light bead of caulk on the underside of the skin. I think it is imperative to flesh the scalp very well, so the feather butts are sticking out enough to set in the caulk. I never carded the hood, but just worked it forward (toward the bill) every once in a while till the feathers were set in a couple days.

Again, this is just the way I've done it. Try what ever works for you.

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Postby Broozer5 » Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:20 am

I have never even mounted a bird, but am gonig to try my first today. I baught the Breakthrough Bird Taxidermy Manual, and in there they say that a LIGHT coat, or mist of hairspray can help. Not sure how it works or anything, but that is what it says in the book.
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Postby The Waterfowler » Sat Mar 15, 2008 7:32 pm

You've picked a tough bird to start with if it's your first attempt. IMO they are a hard bird to pull off. the nneck is very oversized and often have the elasticity of an old sock. The crest, like Pete said, can be tricky also. I use a bead of caulk injected over the top of the skull and then work with a blower to get things into place and again like was said it's imperative to get the skin cleaned well so the feather butts will adhere to the caulk.

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Postby Brydog » Sun Mar 16, 2008 7:31 pm

I usually just work the feathers forward a few times a day until the skin sets up. I tried the caulk method on this one but didn't stay on top of it so it got a little crooked. Once the caulk is set, it's set.
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Postby SGM-DKHNTR » Tue Mar 18, 2008 4:11 pm

Like Brydog said, just work the crest feathers over the first several days.

I also hang mine upside down during this period.
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Postby The Waterfowler » Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:23 am

If the feather butts are wheeled well they will adhere to the thin strip of caulk and be there forever. The caulk sets up slowly and allows time to taxi the crest into position. It's easy and keep the crest even and smooth.

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Postby CHAMP7 » Fri Mar 21, 2008 12:12 am

That's some nice lookin habitat on the Merganser pair Waterfowler....
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