That is all hot glued, no tail meat. Cut each feather off the tail and kept them in order by sticking them to a pice of duct tape. Then glued them to a piece of felt backed by a piece of cardboard. I will water seal the cardboard. This will be for a decoy - saved the 3.5" beard too. Probably won't use it on public land though. So I need a private spot to try it out next year. I'd love to have an old tom come in and beat up a jake decoy. It's tempting to just make a wall mount for this jake, but I have the tails of all 3 longbeards and am running out of wall space, and want this jake for a decoy.