How can I fix this

Discussion in 'Taxidermy' started by mr4pt, Jun 24, 2020.

  1. mr4pt

    mr4pt Well-Known Member

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    I’ve done several turkey fans with great results but this one is horrible. When I dried it I thought I had it perfect, a month later it turned out like this. This is my 11 year olds first turkey he got this year so I want it to be something he can hang onto for a lifetime

    All of the feathers are there, some are matted and some not spread out right.

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  2. Remington

    Remington Well-Known Member

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    Rehydrate......little by little

    When its "flexible" set it how ya want......
     
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  3. JR1

    JR1 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    I've had some success pulling the tail feathers and hot gluing or super gluing them back in the place I want them to be.

    When you say "matted," are they dirty and have blood/mud on them, or just kinda clumped together?
     
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  4. mr4pt

    mr4pt Well-Known Member

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    Just kinda clumped together. Not dirty or bloody, maybe some maggot gue I didn’t get cleaned soon enough
     
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  5. JR1

    JR1 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Believe it or not, white gas (campfuel) is excellent for cleaning feathers. Not sure even where we discovered that but it sure works and we've used it for years.
     
  6. AR1527

    AR1527 Well-Known Member

    Try washing it with Dawn in warm water. Make 100% sure you get all the soap out by rinsing several times. Remove any meat or fat if there’s any left. It’s difficult to get everything but it’s next to impossible to have a long lasting fan if you don’t. After you do that, use the camp fuel trick (it removes water and and oil you may have missed). Take a shop-vac on the exhaust side and dry it. You can use a hair dryer if you’re careful not to get it too hot. After you get that, pin it to a piece of cardboard and work some bondo into the quills. This takes out all the wait time and as soon as it’s hard you have your finished fan. It sounds complicated but I have about 30 minutes in each of these.
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