How to Preserve a Duck for Taxidermy?

Do you want to learn how to preserve a duck for taxidermy? This blog post will show you how to do it in seven easy steps!

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What You’ll Need

To preserve your duck for taxidermy, you’ll need the following supplies:
-A cool, dry place to store your duck
-A sharp knife
-A large pot or boiling vessel
-A taxidermy form
-Needle and thread
-tanning solution

With these supplies on hand, you’re ready to preserve your duck for taxidermy.

Cleaning the Duck

The first step is to clean the duck. This can be done by taking a garden hose and washing the duck off. You can also use a power washer, but be careful not to damage the feathers. Once the duck is clean, you need to remove the entrails. This can be done by making a small incision in the abdomen and then pulling the intestines out. Be sure to remove the heart, lungs, and liver as well. These organs can be saved for later use or disposal.

Preparing the Duck for Tanning

One of the most important parts of taxidermy is the preparation of the animal skin. In order to ensure a high quality mount, you must properly prepare the skin for tanning. This process can seem daunting, but with a little knowledge and care, you can preserve your duck for years to come.

The first step is to remove all of the meat and fat from the duck. This can be done with a sharp knife or a scalpel. Be sure to remove all of the tissue, as any leftover flesh will rot and ruin the skin. Once all of the flesh has been removed, scrape off any remaining feathers with a sharp knife.

The next step is to treat the skin with an acid solution. This will help to break down the collagen fibers in the skin, making it more pliable for mounting. The most common acid used for this purpose is formaldehyde, but other acids such as acetic acid or lactic acid can also be used. The concentration of the acid solution will vary depending on the type of acid used. Consult a taxidermy supply company for directions on how to prepare the solution.

Once the skin has been treated with an acid solution, it must be rinsed thoroughly with clean water. Failure to do this will result in an unpleasant odor emanating from your mount. After rinsing, gently stretch the skin on a wire frame or artificial body and allow it to dry completely in a cool, dark place. Once dry, your duck skin is now ready to be tanned and mounted.

Tanning the Duck

The next step is to tan the duck. This will preserve the skin and prevent it from rotting. There are many commercial products available for this purpose, or you can make your own preservative solution.

To make your own tanning solution, mix one part alum to four parts water. Boil the duck in this solution for two hours. Remove the duck from the pot and allow it to cool. Once it is cool, remove the feathers and carefully save them for later use.

Next, scrape off any remaining fat from the skin. This can be done with a blunt knife or even a spoon. Be careful not to scrape too hard or you will tear the skin. Once all of the fat has been removed, wash the skin in plain water to remove any residue from the tanning solution.

The last step is to stretch and dry the skin. This can be done by attaching it to a piece of wood or fabric and pulling it tight. Allow it to dry in a cool, dark place for at least two weeks before proceeding to the next step.

Stuffing the Duck

After you have breasts Roasting duck is a great way to cook this delicious bird. Preserving a duck for taxidermy is also possible, and relatively simple to do. Here are the steps for stuffing a duck for taxidermy:

1. Pluck the feathers from the duck. You can do this by hand or with a pair of pliers.

2. Cut off the head and feet of the duck.

3. Turn the duck inside out and remove the entrails.

4. Rinse the inside of the duck with clean water.

5. Fill the body cavity of the duck with stuffing, using either rags or straw. Be sure to pack it tightly so that it will keep its shape when mounted.

6. Sew up the opening of the duck with thread or wire, using large stitches or knots so that it will be easy to remove later if necessary.

7. Hang the stuffed duck in a cool, dry place to allow it to air-dry completely before mounting

Mounting the Duck

To mount the duck, first remove all of the feathers. This can be done with a razor blade or by singeing the feathers off over a flame. Be careful not to damage the skin. Next, stuff the duck with straw or cotton batting and sew the body cavity shut.

Next, position the duck on a piece of wood or Styrofoam that has been cut to shape. Use wire or nails to secure the duck in place. Finally, cover the mount with paper mache or plaster of paris and allow it to dry completely. Once it is dry, you can paint it to look like a real duck.

Finishing Touches

The final step is called ” finishing touches.” In this step, you will put the finishing touches on your duck taxidermy. This includes adding any final details, such as painting the eyes or adding fake blood. You will also need to seal your duck taxidermy to protect it from moisture and dust.


Whether you’re an avid hunter or simply enjoy the beauty of ducks, you may want to have one preserved through taxidermy. While the process may seem daunting, it’s actually quite simple as long as you follow these tips.

To preserve your duck for taxidermy, you’ll need:
-A large pot or container
-A stove or heat source
-A sharp knife
-Heavy gloves
-A form or mannequin (you can purchase one specifically for ducks or use a generic bird form)
– stuffing material (cotton batting, straw, sawdust, etc.)
-Needle and thread
-Fabric adhesive
First, prepare your work area by covering it with newspaper. Then, fill your pot or container with water and add a few drops of detergent. Place your duck in the water and bring it to a boil. Boil for 3-5 minutes, then remove the duck and allow it to cool slightly.

Using your sharp knife, carefully remove the skin from the duck. Take your time with this step and be as gentle as possible so you don’t damage the feathers. Once the skin is removed, remove any fat from the bird using a spoon or your fingers. Fat can cause the feathers to deteriorate over time, so it’s important to get rid of as much as possible.

Now that the skin and fat are removed, it’s time to stuff your duck. You can use any type of stuffing material you like, but cotton batting, straw, or sawdust work well. Using needle and thread or fabric adhesive, attach the stuffing material to the inside of the skin. Be sure to stuff evenly so that your duck looks natural when displayed.

Once your duck is stuffed, it’s time to paint it. You can paint it any color you like or use natural pigments to achieve a more realistic look. Allow the paint to dry completely before displaying your duck.


Do not try to preserve a duck for taxidermy without taking proper safety precautions. This process involves the use of toxic chemicals, and you should take care to avoid contact with them. Wear gloves, a face mask, and protective clothing when working with the chemicals. Ventilate the area well, and work in a well-ventilated space if possible.

Things You’ll Need

To preserve your duck for taxidermy, you’ll need:
-A cool, dry place to work
-Paper towels
-A sharp knife
-Rubber gloves
-A large container filled with cold water
-2 tablespoons of salt
-1 cup of Borax
-A wooden dowel or metal hanger


1. Choose a cool, dry place to work on your duck. This could be a garage, basement, or shed. Make sure the area is well ventilated. Place paper towels on your work surface.
2. Put on rubber gloves. Using a sharp knife, remove the head of the duck just behind the eyes. Set the head aside in a bowl or cup.
3. With the knife, make a small slit in the skin at the base of the duck’s neck. Reach inside and pull out all of the internal organs and entrails. discard these parts. If you wish to save the meat for cooking, cut it away from the carcass now and set it aside in a covered dish or container.
4. Rinse out the body cavity with cold water and drain well. Pat dry with paper towels both inside and out.
5 In a large container, mix together cold water, salt, and borax until the salt is dissolved. Submerge the duck in this mixture making sure it is fully immersioned beneath the surface of the liquid