Man am I in the mood to do a little bone hunting! I wish I had someone to go to the forest preserve with. It’s the only place in the city I won’t go alone. Both the upside and the downside of Chicago’s creepy forests are that a lot of things seem to die there…
Is it possible to macerate an animal that’s already very dessicated?
of course, it’ll just take a bit more soaking and benefit from warm water and a bit of soap - I prefer Mrs. Meyers.
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Hey Anon! Not stupid at all! Thanks for the question. :)
You can get about as involved as you’d like to be. You can skin and deflesh it (cutting away as much meat from the bones as possible) and then macerate, use beetles, nature clean, or several other methods to clean the bones. Or you can just bury it as is in a trash bag or other bag to keep it contained. Personally I don’t care too much for burying stuff so if I were you and didn’t want to do too much hands on work I’d just put it in a trash bag with some holes poked in it, put that under a bucket or rubber tote, weigh that down with some bricks, rocks, or cinder blocks to keep any scavenging animals out of it, and let nature do the work for you!
Here’s some posts I’ve made in the past about bone cleaning that you might find to be helpful reads.
Hope those help! If you have any other questions feel free to ask! :) Good luck with your project!
great bone cleaning info!