HOW TO TAXIDERMY BIRDS
How To Taxidermy Birds Video on DVD: Taxidermy101’s Bird Taxidermy How To Video is 2-hours long and is a complete start to finish course. We’ve tailored the Bird Taxidermy How To Video to help the novice learn from Master Taxidermist in a one on one class room setting. You will get training and instruction plus tips that will help you quickly begin to do bird taxidermy yourself. Although the video teaches how to mount a flying mallard, the same techniques are used on other birds as well.
“HOW TO TAXIDERMY BIRDS” TEACHES:
The “How To Taxidermy Birds” video features the flying mallard to the left, but the same techniques can be used on other birds. Bill starts by covering all the taxidermy tools and supplies needed, and how to take the correct measurements so you can get the materials on the way. Then Bill teaches how to skin, clean and preserve the bird. He teaches is great detail how to do each step of the mounting process including how to fix a broken wing, which is a common problem for taxidermist. He also teaches how to do all the finish work and necessary painting.
“HOW TO TAXIDERMY BIRDS” VIDEO REVIEWS:
“Thanks for the help. The tips you talked about on the “How to Taxidermy Birds” really helped a lot. Look forward to getting your other videos.” Jim C., LA
“Bill, I am part-time duck hunting guide in Arkansas. Your bird taxidermy video has really gotten me excited about making extra money during the off-season. Thanks for your help. Brad S., AR “DUCK MAN” “Bill, Thanks for the tips. Your videos are the best! Best wishes.” Mark S., MS “Just wanted to say how much I liked your flying duck video. Thanks for getting it to me so quick.” Chris T., AL
BIRD, DUCK AND WATERFOWL TAXIDERMY TIPS:
Bird Field Care: Without a doubt proper field care will determine the quality of your finished mount. When collecting waterfowl in the field your normally shooting it with a shotgun so try to select a bird that has the least amount of damage. Check feet, bill and spread wings to make sure your bird is not missing feathers. While in the field protect your selected waterfowl by placing it head first down a pair of old panty hose. The panty hose will do a great job of holding feathers in place to reduce damage. Wrap your bird in two plastic bags and seal them very tightly. Freeze the bird as soon as possible. Keep the bird on ice, but do not get it wet until freezing is possible.
Collect Good Waterfowl and Bird Reference: One of the most valuable things you can do to perfect your bird and waterfowl taxidermy skills is to study live birds as much as possible. You can start by collecting photos from bird and waterfowl magazines. If you have a local zoo, go study the live birds. The most successful bird and waterfowl taxidermist in the world have bird aviaries at the shop or home to study their own collection of live birds. Taking the time to study birds, ducks and waterfowl references will be a huge factor in your becoming a true master at bird taxidermy.
Bird Taxidermy Specimens: In bird taxidermy, there are 3 basic groups to consider: Waterfowl, Turkey and Game Birds. Our first video focuses on the most popular and lucrative for a taxidermy studio, duck taxidermy.
- Duck Taxidermy can be a fun and creative hobby or it can add revenue to the bottom line of your taxidermy business. Our video teaches a standing mount using a Woodduck specimen. This is the best place to begin in learning the process. Once you have mastered this mount, you can move on to flying mounts and even water display cases that are truly a work of taxidermy art.
- Game bird taxidermy, such as Pheasant, Quail and Dove is very popular in many areas. The basic techniques taught in the Standing Woodduck Video would be applied to mounting game birds. It is good planning to acquire several specimen because the skin on these birds can be very fragile and easily damaged.
- Turkey taxidermy requires some experience and skill. Although the basic techniques are similar to waterfowl taxidermy, these birds are much bigger and require artificial or freeze-dried heads. While mounting Wild Turkey is more difficult and more time consuming, the financial rewards can be substantial.