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Skull maceration

Anyone do it here and any suggestions other than be prepared for the stink. Looks to be pretty easy.

I have a coyote skull to clean and was gonna boil but the more I look at maceration the more I am leaning this way, especially with it being summer.

Plastic bucket with lid. Fill with water, insert skull, a touch of enzyme detergent, let sit in sun for a week, change water, sit another week, empty, wash, peroxide and done.

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Re: Skull maceration

I say simmer it. Ive done a few fox that way, and it's simple. Doesn't take near as long as a deer skull, and doesn't really stink either.

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You could just tie it to a fence in your yard in some weeds or bottom of a tree for a week or so in this weather and then you just have to whiten it and degrease it.
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Let the maggots do their thing, I assume?

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Re: Skull maceration

I have found the following to be the best way to do it, this is the method that a local taxidermist suggested, and I have done a lot of them this way. The process takes a few weeks, and is a fairly hands off approach.

-take a 5 gallon bucket, and fill in enough with water to cover the skull completely. Add a liberal amount of Dawn dish detergent.

-let the skull sit in the bucket for at least a week, up to however long you feel like leaving it in there.

-remove the skull from the bucket, put it in a pot, and gently simmer it in clean water. DO NOT BOIL IT!

-repeat the process until it is clean(using clean water each time)........

occasionally you may have to cut some larger chunks of meat off of the bone, but generally speaking the Dawn eats away at the flesh while soaking, and it falls off when you simmer the skull........you also need to make a hook out of wire to scrap the inside of the skull cavity clean.....

The nice thing about this method is, that the skull never really stinks, smells mostly like cooked meat and/or Dawn......

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I think beetles are the way to go.
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Re: Skull maceration

Simmering or boiling the skull will weaken the bone. A lot of the fine tissue in the sinus will be difficult to remove without damaging the bone. You can do it this way, but the dermestid beetles are the best route.
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Let the maggots do their thing, I assume?
Pretty much,cheaper than dermestids.And you don't have to cook it in your wifes pots.
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Cooking it in your wife's pot is half the fun!

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