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OldHasBeenSeptember 13th, 2019, 12:39 pm
Simcoe County, Ontario

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I'm looking for some advice, but others may benefit from this post with hunting season just around the corner...

Last weekend I helped a friend thin-out her chicken coup, and now I'm the proud owner of 11 capes & saddles. I have since skinned the birds; pinned them out (skin side up), & covered them Borax. It's been 5 days now, but there still seems to be a lot of "Oil" coming from some of the skins. I have read that washing the skins in "Naphtha" (camp stove fuel) is one way that some taxidermists treat oily skins, but I'm worried what it would do to the feathers. Any advice on the best way to dry out the skins?
MartinlfSeptember 14th, 2019, 8:32 pm
Palmyra PA

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You might try scraping the hides to remove some of the fat on the skin side. I've bought necks that had a pad under them to absorb the oil. I don't think I'd wash them in Naptha--nor do I think the oil will be too detrimental in the long run. Borax may eventually soak a good bit of it up--keep changing it? Best of luck.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
OldHasBeenSeptember 15th, 2019, 6:14 am
Simcoe County, Ontario

Posts: 7
Thanks for the reply Martinlf. Since this was posted I've been following the advice on this video..... so far-so good. I'll post on how it goes.

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