HOW TO FREEZE/SHIPPING

FREEZING A BIRD- STEP 1

FREEZING A BIRD- STEP 2

 FREEZING A BIRD- STEP 3

FREEZING A BIRD- STEP 4

FREEZING
Every animal that needs to be stuffed has to be kept at a cool place, and if possible to be put inside a refrigerator.
During winter, fresh, dead animals can be kept in a unheated shed for about 7 days.(if temperature is below zero). During summertime, if kept cool (cellar) only for about 2, 3 days.

When you want to freeze an animal, its best to wrap it in a old newspaper or paper kitchen towel. Lay the animal on the newspaper and simply roll it up. The paper prevents against freeze-burn. Then get a thick plastic bag and put the animal inside.
Large animals, like a fox, can be put into 2 plastic garbage bags. This will be sufficient, as long as you keep the animal in the refrigerator, no longer than 1 year.

SHIPPING
When you live in a foreign country and wish to ship you animal to a taxidermist, you need to take some measurements.
Mammals, up to the size of a brown rat can be put in plastic bag or container, filled with alcohol (about 80%) and then sent by express-post. The same goes for birds up to the size of a small pigeon.
Large animals need to be skinned. This has to be done by a professional, to prevent cutting holes in the skin and to make sure the cuts are not too long. If you are a hunter, you might not have too much difficulties with it. When the animal is skinned, you need to put lots of salt on the skin, and then wrap it up. Keep the skull and remove the flesh, and then also use salt on the skull. Then put all in a plastic container or heavy plastic bag and sent it by express-mail. Make sure you don't sent protected animals, or if you do, make sure you have the right papers. Otherwise you might get into serious problems.


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