mounting bird part 2 cleaning

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    <P style="MARGIN: 0px">okay here is part 2, this is the next step to take to get that bird cleaned. in this phot you see some of the items that i use to help the process.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">scapel</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">dental tools</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">borax</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">dawn dishwashing liquid</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">paint thinner ( white gas or mineral spirits can be used too)</P>
     
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    <P style="MARGIN: 0px">in the last part i told you that i clean out the wings by makeing a cut under the wing and going in that way.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">photo one shows were the cut is to be made, basically joint to joint!</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">photo two shows what it looks like in the wing after the cut, look at all those tendons<IMG src="http://www.websitetoolbox.com/images/boards/smilies/eek.gif" align=absMiddle border=0>&nbsp;as you can tell i haven't eaten a wing lately!</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">photo 3 shows the meat cut away from the bone i use my dental tools to get underneath and lift the tendons up to cut. you will also see that i have added some borax into the wing cavity and i will then scrap the bone with my dental tool.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">photo 4 shows what the wing should look like after you are done.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">the last photo shows you the wing bone from the inside you can see the feathers poking through i will then litely cut away the meat, so not dettach the three bones from each other.</P>
     

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    <P>well you saw what a wing should look like and know you see one that was busted up by the steel shot. will show you how to fix that in the next part too.</P>
     
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    <P style="MARGIN: 0px">okay the wings are done time to head south to the tail area.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">photo 1 show the tail, see the feather quill!</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">photo 2 shows the glands that need to be taken out if left in these will drip fat for years and the bug will get your bird. if you cut through the skin getting them out don't worry about it (needle and thread)</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">photo 3 shows the gland in hand</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">photo 4 shows what it looks like without the gland in, just start on one side and work to middle of tail then start the other one.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">photo 5 shows you the rest of the tail bone just cut around the tail bone and in the middle of the feather quill of the tail and pull it out.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">photo 6 shows the tail bone gone and meat cut away from feather quill of the tail.</P>
     
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    <P style="MARGIN: 0px">okay now turn the bird inside out as shown, i tuck the wings in so they are out of the way. </P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">photo 2 shows the scapulair( shoulder feathers)</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">photo 3 shows the skin with the fat on it</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">photo 4 okay now rub on some borax to help dry the fat as you go.</P>
     
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    <P style="MARGIN: 0px">okay this is were it gets fun</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;in photo 1 this is my wire wheel to clean birds with you can by them , but i wanted a bigger one to clean turkeys in. </P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">basically you move the skin back and worth and let the wheel cut the ft off, comes off like butter but you don't want to leave the skin in one area to long or you will burn a hole into it. be careful not to get you skin wrapped around your wheel either . not fun untagling it from the wheel.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">the next couple photos show the skin cleaned i don't think they came out well but hopefully you get the idea. what you are trying to do is release the quills so you want to see the quill bases.</P>
     
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    <P>time to start washing , use warm water and dawn dish washing liquid, do the inside first and rinse till water is clear then turn bird right side out and wash and rinse till water is clear again.</P>
     
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    <P>okay cut the tip off of the leg bone and use a small wire to get the bone marrow out as you can see this is really red, i usually flush the inside of the bone out with warm water.</P>
     
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    <P style="MARGIN: 0px">okay now wrap you bird in a old towel like shown in the photo.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">whats that in the background!</P>
     
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    <P style="MARGIN: 0px">yep in she goes, might want to do this for the first time when the wife is out or something.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">put it in and use the spin cycle , as you can see in photo 2 the amount of water you get out of this bird by doing this.</P>
     
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    <P style="MARGIN: 0px">oaky this is what she look like now.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">time to gas this bird do this outside and away from flames, put paint thinner in plastic container and submerge bird into it, squeeze out excess thinner and let air for a couple of minutes.</P>
     
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    <P>okay now toss her into the tumbler and tumble for about 20 minutes. i tumble mine in corn cob grit, this helps dry out the bird and it also polishes and puts feather back were they belong.</P>
     
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    <P>well this is your clean bird. as you can see in the photo the feathers are fluffy and basically dry.this is how i do it, if you dont have a wheel you will have to cut the fat away which will take forever, the tumbling can be done in a large plastic bag also, some guys don't even tumble you will have to expiriment too see what works for you.</P>
     
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    <P>while the bird was tumbling i also painted my bird head.</P>
     
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    <P>Andy, again awsome! Thanks for spending the time to take pictures and post.</P>