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Old 08-05-2018, 03:40 AM
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I noticed Magnus had blood on some of his feathers this afternoon. He's about 3 months old and this is his first moult. We looked at his wings and it looks to be a blood feather or something (pictured). He's always had clipped wings and we are letting them grow out for the first time.

Should we take him to the vet? Is there anything we need to do eg. First aid?
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Old 08-05-2018, 04:29 AM
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Hi there. I'm not an expert on blood feathers, but I do know that if Magnus is actively bleeding, you need to stop it straight away. This link should provide a lot of helpful information on how to deal with a broken blood feather.

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This issue is common in birds that are clipped and when beginning to molt the wing feathers (old feathers fall out) the new pin or blood feather emerges and as it grows longer than the other clipped feathers, it can become twisted, resulting in what you're seeing.
Wing feathers are not shed at the same time so this whole period or shedding and new growth, it's best to not allow him to fly especially when there are few new growing blood feathers growing. If the new feather is twisted on the wing, or shows continued bleeding, your bird should see an avian vet who may remove that particular feather.
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When molted feathers are growing back, there is a blood supply in the shaft that nourishes the feather until it is fully grown out (the blood supply stops when the feather has reached full length and has stopped growing). In this case it looks like a minor crack and the bleeding has stopped. If it’s still intact I’d just leave it. If a loose end is hanging down, I’d cut it off.

For future reference - if it was still bleeding; while I’ve seen it stop on it’s own many times, or with application of cornstarch as a styptic, keep in mind that if you cannot get bleeding under control it is an emergency. If one is not experienced in or confident to do it safely with sanitized small forceps or hemostats, then they must be taken to a vet in an emergency to have it pulled. Once the bleeding root of the feather is removed from the body, the bleeding will stop. It is always a good idea if you don’t already have an avian vet, to locate one in advance. It is also asvised that all new birds should be seen for a wellness check up.

If you haven’t already, please read the Stickies and Articles. We provide this information to help you keep your budgie at their best. You’ll also come across answers to many common questions. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, we’re here to help .
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Thanks for all the great advice! I stopped the bleeding while holding him gently in a towel but he stepped on his feather awkwardly and got it bleeding again so we took him to the vet.

Feather is out now and I've got a little memento &#x1f642;
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I'm so glad Magnus is all sorted out. Good on you for getting onto it quickly and getting him treatment.


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