FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
"I found a dead owl/hawk/songbird, can I keep it and get it mounted?"
- No, it is illegal to kill and or possess migratory birds or parts of migratory birds unless you are a scientist, Native American, university, museum, wildlife rescue or other such person/facility who has a valid federal migratory bird permit issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. People who do not have these permits can only hunt and keep gamebirds and waterfowl so long as they have a valid hunting license and the bird is in season.
"My parrot died, can you taxidermy it?"
- No, I do not taxidermy pet birds because it is too difficult to try and capture the personalities they once had.
"Do you only taxidermy birds?"
- Yes, currently I only taxidermy birds.
"Do you have a storefront?"
- No, I do not have a storefront location. Customers will have to contact me to coordinate a time and location for the drop off and pickup of their bird. I provide taxidermy services along the Front Range of Colorado. You can also drop off your bird for me at Dan French Taxidermy during normal buisiness hours (make sure you have your hunting liscense and hunting info!)
"You taxidermy barnyard poultry too?"
- Yes, if someone wants me to mount a chicken, domestic turkey, domestic duck/goose, peafowl, guinea fowl, or other such barnyard bird, I can do so so long as they were not pets.
"I found a roadkill duck/goose/gamebird, can I have it taxidermied even if it is out of season/I don't have a small game hunting license?"
- If you find a roadkill gamebird/waterfowl out of season or if you don't have a small game hunting license even when the bird is in-season, contact your local Colorado Parks and Wildlife office to ask them for permission to keep it. Bring proof of this when you drop it off at my taxidermy studio.
"The duck I killed has lots of feathers falling out of its belly, is it rotten and un-mountable?"
- if the bird has been sitting out for a day and the feathers are starting to fall out, most likely the bird has spoiled and I cannot mount it. The belly is the first thing to start rotting on any animal, so feathers will start to fall out in this area first if it is starting to go bad. Always put your bird on ice during transport and then freeze it if you want a good mount.
"My bird has been frozen for over a year and is freezer burned, can it still be mounted?"
- Yes, the bird can still be mounted.
"The bird I killed has a broken wing/leg, can you still mount it?"
- Yes, it is fairly easy to repair broken bones using wire and drinking straws for support when mounting the bird onto the form.
"Blood may have stained the white feathers on my bird, is this fixable?"
- Yes, most likely I will be able to scrub any blood stains out of the feathers unless the blood has set too well into them due to freezer burn. Worst case scenario, the feathers may be a bit yellow in places when the stain set. Sometimes you can hide these stains by having your bird mounted in a sitting position or by placing some vegetation near the bird to hide the stained area.
"How can I prevent moth damage for my taxidermy mounts?"
- Keep the area around your taxidermy clean, lightly dust the taxidermy once a month or so, and mist Mount Medix Mount Protector over it every few months. You can order this online, and it is a safe and natural insect repellent for taxidermy.