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How To Taxidermy A Pheasant

Preserving animals, in this case pheasants, is a delicate job that is usually done by professionals. However, that does not mean that you cannot do it. Make sure you have all the necessary tools before you start the process.

If you want to do pheasant taxidermy on your own, you will first have to find the middle of the breastbone and get the feathers to part with your fingers. After finding the so-called "featherless" spot, you will have to make an incision from the base of the tail, all the way up to within 1 cm of the beak, with boc cutters. Now, time has come to separate the skin from the torso. This shouldn’t be very difficult as the skin should normally begin to peel away from the lower membrane.

It is now the right time to start skinning the pheasant, keeping the skin and the innards damp. The fat that can be found between the inner membrane and skin should be kept attached to the inner membrane. Now, grab the neck, but make sure that you hold only the skin of the pheasant and cut it without cutting the skin. Continue to peel away the skin and after that pop the leg throughout the skin from the back. The same thing must be done with the legs. The back must be gently peeled down.

If you like pheasant taxidermy mounts, you need to get your bird prepared by laying the skin out, sprinkling a borax/cornstarch mixture in order to make enough absorbency and disinfect. For stuffing, get a cotton ball, stretch it and then put it into the bird’s neck snugly. Add another one for the torso. Be careful while you stitch the bird with the feathers that get in the way.

The above mentioned steps are meant to help you mount the bird on your own. Anyway, should you want to find out even the smallest details, check out this video, which will definitely be of help. Now you will definitely have a great bird to put to display.

Pheasant Taxidermy Video