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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: mouth of the Susquehanna
Re: Duck Mount
Wholesale taxidermists do work for other taxidermists, you probably have to have taxidermist letterhead/card to show, or a copy of a taxidermy lisc.
Doing ducks yourself, you will probably make so many holes in the skins trying to remove the fat by hand, they won't be worth mounting. Most taxidermists use a fine wire wheel "duck box" to defat birds. The technique must be learned by trial and error using spare skins. Then the skin needs washed and degreased. Some taxidermists use Coleman fuel ( white gas) to degrease the already defatted skins.
In general sea ducks are less fatty and have tougher skin. Puddle ducks, esp mallards, are fatballs and have more delicate skin.