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Old 04-16-18, 10:20 PM   #1
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Default Preserving chicken skin

My office in Dacula is on a dirt another dirt road… and one of the trailers I pass every morning has a growing population of Yardbirds. Clean, free range (I some times have to drive around them) beautifully patterned (2grizzly, 1 black, 3-4blond, and a lot of brown Brown), Hens and roosters. I have considered knocking the rust off my Spanish and asking the owner about obtaining the skins if/when they slaughter the birds. Has anyone tried to preserve chicken skin before? How hard is it? Can I just dehydrate them in an oven? If he agrees to save them for me, can they be frozen until I can get a hold of it or will that damage the feathers? They’ve got Feral rabbits as well… Same question there.....

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Old 04-16-18, 10:54 PM   #2
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First, yes you can freeze them. Roll it up in newspaper and put in a plastic bag and freeze it. When you are ready to cure the hide, let it defrost then scrap all of the fat off the hide. Then coat it heavily coat it with Borax place it flat on several sheets of newspaper and covered with papers and then place something heavy on top. After a few days recoat with Borax and then let it dry until done.
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Old 04-17-18, 11:45 AM   #3
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Narcodog nailed it....It's a good ONE time thing to do....You'll learn a lot.
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Old 04-17-18, 11:50 PM   #4
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Heres a link I've been researching this lately as well as my buddy has started raising rabbits.

You can also try curing with salt but borax works better I heard.

For bunnies soaking in a solution shortly after slaughter is fast as the dermis will start shedding fairly quickly.

Think my grandpa used a coal and brains mixture for pelts back in the day.

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