Take these broken wings…”And learn to fly again learn to live so free.” If you remember the 80’s you’ll remember those lyrics from the song “Broken Wings” by “Mr. Mister“. I used to love it when I was a kid! (Ok now I feel old, ha) It was so funny, I remember singing along so passionately with hands clenched and imagining what it might be like to soar like a bird. Being so young I hardly had a clue about life or what this song might really be talking about but I felt emotion when listening to it.
On the subject of broken wings..Today I taxidermied two Ringneck Doves wings. Both of the doves were too far gone to rescue for a full body Taxidermy so I decided to try to at least salvage their wings. It worked! I thawed the doves under some running water enough that I could snip their wings off. I cut where the ulna and radius connect to the humerus bone, keeping only the ulna and radius bones onwards up to the end of their wings.
Once clipped I soaked the wings in denatured alcohol for about an hour then removed the flesh. Wings are such a tedious part of the bird to flesh because of all the small tendons. After fleshing I soaked in soap and rinsed. Then the wings went into the chinchilla powder before I dried and fluffed them. I’m not sure what I want to use these wings for yet. I pinned them half spread onto some cardboard to dry for a week.
I was tempted to experiment dyeing the wings but I only had green food coloring at home. I’d rather dye them a bright blue so I decided against it. I think the wings turned out pretty considering the condition the birds were in to begin with.