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March 13, 2013 - 6:47 am
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Hello,

So I'm preparing a study skin and the person I volunteer for uses cornmeal. I tried buying some from the store, just cornmeal for baking and when I tried drying washed skins on my own, it got really clumpy and wouldn't come out of the fur or feathers. Is there a certain type or brand that's used? I know people use borax, but I'm asking about cornmeal.

Also, I'm doing my first owl soon, a Barn Owl. Anything I should know about this bird? Is it especially fat or has thin skin?

Thanks for any help.

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March 13, 2013 - 12:00 pm
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1st, unless you have the proper federal forms, you CAN'T have the owl!!! A $10,000 fine and 5 year prison sentence goes along with possesing ANY raptor carcass or PART, without papers. As far as the cornmeal goes, it's used during the skinning to keep the body fluids from getting all over the feathers. Never heard of it being used as a preservative. Use borax or dry preservative for preserving the skin after washing and drying it. Just rub it into the skin and shake out the excess.

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March 13, 2013 - 3:21 pm
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The person providing me the owl has papers and it keeping the owl. I think anyone on here should know that, including myself.

I also know what cornmeal is for. And my question wasn't answered: What brand or type of cornmeal do you use?

Some help would be appreciated.

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I think Page is telling you that he doesn't believe cornmeal will do what you are wanting it to which sounds right to me too. Why can't you ask the person you volunteer for?

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March 13, 2013 - 11:49 pm
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No, Page got it right. I'm just using it to keep things clean while I'm skinning. I don't see her for another week so I'd thought I'd ask a whole forum of taxidermists. x3 So, does anyone know a brand, grade or type of cornmeal that works?

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March 14, 2013 - 12:06 am
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Tick, sorry, I can't help you. I've never heard of cornmeal being used. But I know that there are 2 types at the store, white and yellow. After thinking about it, I know that when you add water to cornmeal,,,It gets thick. Add some heat and SHAZAM....cornbread! Boy I love that stuff. :biggergrin: Sorry, couldn't resist. Seriously though, maybe your thinking about corn starch or potato starch. The Europeans use a lot of potato starch when doing the songbirds.

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March 14, 2013 - 1:03 am
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page u making me hungry:biggergrin:

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First time I ever heard of the cornmeal thing sounds messy

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