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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-16-2017, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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More...different mount...the third. The neck feathers are so loose, that a simple breath across the neck will send them flying. This mount is "hosed", as are the previous two.
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Wow, definitely time to trash those I'd say. I'm not a taxidermist and so am not real knowledgeable of how it's all done but I'd say the guy who mounted those didn't do it right. With the thin skin a bird has and the feathers I'd imagine it takes a different process than critters with thicker skin and fur or hair but again that's just a guess.

None of those mounts in the Museum look like that even tho they are older than me.



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With out being there and looking close it looks like bugs ate the feather roots off!
IMHO if a bird is not fleshed properly there is some meat left on the feather tracks and the quill ends. This,as you may know,is what bugs eat.
It is a touchy thing to flesh a bird with out putting holes in the hide. It is time consuming also and a lot of taxidermist are in a hurry to make a buck so there are short cuts taken ?

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I think you are all on to it there. Bugs! I am no taxidermist. Just the purchaser of services. Now that I know from these loss experiences, I won't be buying any more of their services. I cannot display these ducks. They're history. Sad really. I have enjoyed them.
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