Darren Nash, over at Tetrapod Zoology has some interesting insight into a question that has perplexed me many a time, How do you get the skeleton from a corpse? Bones are really rather neat, and you can learn a lot from them. It has been a long while since I’ve tried it myself. The largest animal I tried to get the skeleton from was a fox squirrel.
I rather liked his idea of the microwave. Though, as he points out, microwaving a cadaver for an hour or so will use a lot of power, and I’m not sure I want to put my lunch in it when I’m done. I’ve done boil-the-flesh off plan. This was not a good idea. You’ve got to boil the squirrel for most of the afternoon. A boiled squirrel smells quite a lot like a boiling rat, which isn’t really all that pleasant. Then there’s the little problem of explaining to your Grandmother why there’s a squirrel boiling merrily away in her stock pot when she comes home from work (and the secondary problem of buying a NEW stockpot when the project is done)
In my experience, putting the little corpses in wire cages and letting the flies work did wonders, and went very quickly in high summer. As long as you could keep them well away from marauding scavengers and neighbors who might be annoyed. I like his plastic tib with the holes technique, and the bury it in the compost technique. Anything to keep the cadavers out of the kitchen