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Question by WTXWildlifer. Uploaded on December 23, 2009
Do NOT sklin. Keep cool and plyable and get it to your taxidermist. Try to keep it so the feathers all stay smooth and in there place. I have heard putting it in "panty hose or hosery" to keep the feathers in place. But for sure get it to the place and wait for a unique design, in flight, sitting, beating its wings while standing, something on a round piece of wood so it can be viewed 360 Degrees!
The panty hose works. but when you rap it for the freezer don't wrap to tight that the tail gets mashed. I roll in butcher paper then they can stay in freezer for months that way.
I did taxidermy for a while... I agree with the above. Don't try to skin it yourself... there is a pretty good chance you will dislodge or discolor feathers if you aren't used to doing it. What is worse, the light quail skin will dry out making it impossible for the taxidermist to stretch the hide over a body form. Just put it in an airtight baggy and freeze. Get it to the taxidermist as soon as possible to prevent freezer burn and feather damage.
Leave it alone the taxidermist will decide what to do. If you mess it up he will charge more for the job. Every taxidermis has their own way of skinning it!!
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