Ok that makes more sense. You saved me the embarrassment of bringing in a mess for the pros to fix. LolI had the same question, fastpower, because grouse are delicious. Firstly, you want to bring a completely intact bird to the taxidermist. You don’t do any prep like you would for big game. If you can’t deliver it immediately, you’ll want to freeze it. Secondly, when the taxidermist peels off the skin, they liberally apply borax to the skin, and it gets all over the meat. So, you don’t get to eat the one you have mounted. In the end, you have a choice: eat or mount.
P.s. to ensure your bird is kept looking good, keep a pair of panty hose with you at all times. When you finally shoot a bird that will mount well, slide the bird in the panty hose, and the feathers will all remain intact. Freeze while encased.