Lol Bruce, so basically you do everything I wouldn't! Isn't it funny how there is 1001 ways to do something, when ultimately we just want the end result, which is a fluffy bird?
I work on the simple factor. Skin, wash, freeze a day, thaw in water, flesh wet, wash in dawn and water, wash wash wash, rinse warm, shock the skin cold, sew holes, wash again, shock in cold water and freeze. Thaw in cold water, wrap in towel, put wrapped bird in a ziplock and semi-dry in fridge for a couple hours. Invert, dust in borax, dry it all but the head and neck, spritz the skin, and put it in the freezer or fridge in a ziplock. They are good this way for a week, and now when you mount, it is basically ten minutes of drying with a hair drier, and you're wiring.
So I used well water, dawn, and borax, and I'll tell you right now, you do not need borax. Carpet and other dermestid beetles are an enemy that in my opinion gets introduced when you allow the putramine gas of decayed flesh to attract them, or you risk your collection by using wood or other matter you found, and did not treat. Kiln dried tumbled cedar seems silly and simple, but that's all that is in my home. Almost every case I have seen of an infestation was either a taxidermist who deals with mammals as well, or has accepted a trophy from someone else's home, or introduced their collection to driftwood etc. that was contaminated with some organism that had the munchies.
Getting back to the topic, results are results. We have a difficult time changing our tactics for that end result, if what we are currently using, satisfies us already. I think my wheeling is my savior. I can flesh a clean bird skin, but would never claim to be fast. Thorough would be a better description. :beer:
Also, taking a raw material and reacting it with another chemical changes its original name. These names on a label are designed to not give away proprietary information to their competitors. If I told you soap was a reaction of an amine in water and acid, then neutralized with a caustic, the label will read nothing like water, acrylic acid, amine, caustic soda, when in fact, that is what it is, until dyes, perfumes, and other "stuff" are added, so each company can claim their product is better lol.