Thanks for the replys, I will look if there is any particular law against picking up a dead prey bird in my state. I do not want to display it at all. just save it the way it look so, no need to be taken to a taxidermatologist.
I google some and found out about BORAX, supose to barry the bird on it for 4 weeks, and it will dry it. Does anyone has hear about it?
You want to stretch the skin by attaching it to a board to stretch it. Pour the borax on the non-fur side and let it sit for a few days. It should successfully preserve the skin. It will last a long time, but it is not forever. Also, be sure to keep it away from any dogs that you have, they will tear up a skin any chance they get!
Dear Josh and Francisco,
Josh, please note he is working/inquiring about AVIAN/bird skins, which are much thinner skinned and not commonly stretched...in my experience.
Francisco, borax is a dehydrating agent, when skinning a bird some guys sprinkle it on liberally to soak up blood and fluids and keep things dry and tidy...i I have not read about the burying in borax technique you referred to, but it is a dehydrating agent, and it might work. However, it woud be vulnerable to insect attack over time. I am skeptical it would be a long term fix, there is a reason that quality taxidermy is expensive, it is an art and labor intensive. f you really want to do this and make it a long term project and have yet another skill, do consider following the manual you were referred to. You can make study skins that if properly stored will last for many, many years.
I have viewed the museum of vertebrate zoology collection at UC Berkeley in CA., and it is amazing, sometimes "eery" to view skins of very rare or even extinct birds/animals, some of which were collected on expeditons to countries well over a hundred fifty years ago etc.. These skins may prove valuable to researchers, or you may just marvel at them as art objects. I can assure you, when you take the time and labor to prepare a skin, you will forever recognize that bird, it is an effective way to learn bird identification. "a bird in the hand..." Francisco, you need to read that manual and become familiar with the technique and see if you want to go to the effort of not... Also, you can preserve bird skins and capes from some of those colorful roosters down there and tie flies with the hackles etc., so you might find great utility in acquiring the new skill...? I know you are an angler, and if you are a tyer of flies, you know how valuable some of those capes can be. Borax works reasonably well for such simple purposes, but you need to take steps to protect skins from insect/Dermestids which will surely attack them in storage. It is common for folks to do a quick skinning job, not really paying attention to detail, and open up the drawer or box a year late and find a pile of feathers and insect larvae/pupae/frass etc. Your wife won't like it...
Buena suerte, Vic
PS. Let us know if you try it...and know it takes awhile to get skilled so don't be too hard on yourself if it does not turn out great the first time.