Back in action! Had the greatest weekend ever with the con and easter egg hunting. My friend showed me the owl box they have up in a tree so I’ll have a nice steady supply of pellets and little bones. Picked up a bunch of awesome pellets and will probably clean some and keep some as is to sell in the future!
Today we finally got back out hiking to our favorite spot but came up empty handed :c Nevertheless, we did run into some awesome critters! Turkeys, baby squirrel waiting for it’s mom, couple snakes we nearly stepped on, and when we came up to a pond there were tons of little water snakes swimming around! I’m completely pooped from the weekend and now this long hike but I still have plenty of bones to keep me busy c:
Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of posts recently; these past couple of weeks have been super hectic for me. Lots of working and a group of friends and I are going to a con this weekend so I’ve been busy with costume making! I’ve got a super exciting weekend coming up. On Sunday a friend’s dad is setting up a easter egg hunt on their huge ranch so I’ll be hunting for bones and maybe pick up an egg or two along the way c:
I got a bunch of bones out of my maceration bucket a couple days ago too. Couple deer legs and a toad skeleton! Bad idea thinking I could throw that guy in a bucket of water and call it done. No awesome toad skull for me but I love their unique skeletal structure. I’ll try to get pictures but being stuck with a cellphone camera is really un-motivating :c
Anonymous said:I'm thinking about using an antler as decoration in my bathroom but can the humidity damage it in any way?
Hmm, that’s a good question! Bones and antlers can grow mold in moist climates but I really can’t say for sure if it’d be safe or not. Opinions, vultures?
Anonymous said:I found a dead badger some days ago. I've never found a road kill before and I am really excited _but_ I have no idea what to do next. Right now it's in the shed in two plastic bags and I can't let it rot in there. Suggestions?
Hey there! Congrats on the awesome find! If it’s still fresh then letting it rot is your best bet. Find an area outside where you can let it decompose naturally; if on your property isn’t an option then find a place to hide it along a roadside with open land next to it. There’s a bunch of options for protecting it as it decomposes: you can dig a shallow hole to place it in and cover that with something heavy, forget the hole and just place it on the ground with a bucket over it, put it in a wire cage or pantyhose. Get creative!
Once it’s rotted down to mostly bones, you can throw it in a bucket of water to macerate the rest of the way. When they’re completely clean you can degrease them if they’re greasy or go straight for the peroxide bath. These are just general tips; if you need more specifics let me know! Thank you for the question and keep me updated on how it goes. I love bone cleaning stories c:
Why is vulture culture the greatest?
Because it’s a place we can all come together and share our dead things! We can learn new tricks, share tips and secrets, meet new friends, trade and expand our collections, and most of all share our passion in one convenient location 8D Really, what isn’t to love about this community!
Where do you buy your peroxide? Be honest, how much do you have stashed away?
I buy mine at the Dollar Tree (or really anywhere else if they’re out). I try to pick some up every time I go as I’m starting to run into that constant need of peroxide! I’ve got about 5-6 bottles (guesstimate) stashed away right now. I just emptied one and a half for my doe skull and will reuse that for my buck once his antlers are settled. Must have MORE!
Just saw this awesome set of pictures for mud staining antlers for a more natural look and I’m super excited to try it on my buck! His antlers are pretty white with some odd stains from sitting out in nature so I can’t wait to see how it’ll go. Easy and free way to cover those antlers without wasting a whole bucket of tea water c: That is, if this degreasing process ever makes a difference D: