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Old 02-01-2019, 02:05 PM
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I was trimming my budgie's nails and accidentally cut her nail to close when she twitched. I panicked a little and let her back in her cage. Then I went and got corn starch and tried to put in on her toe. It just kept bleeding slow drops. I finally decided to catch her again, a very stressful thing for both of us, and held the starch on her toe for a couple minutes using a little pressure to help stop the bleeding. Since then, the wound has seemed to stay clotted.

Throughout this whole thing, my bird has been acting normal and energetic. I am trying to keep her quiet but she has been pacing in her cage like she does when she wants out. I put on some music she likes (classical Baroque) to help her be entertained and stay calm. Should I be worried? Is there anything else I should do? I did call the vet that is about an hour and a half away. The emergency vet place didn't have much experience with exotics and said that I shouldn't bring her in as long as I got the bleeding stopped because the cold (it is MUCH warmer today but still only 11 degrees F with a windchill below zero) would be so stressful. Thank you for any advice you can give me.

I feel terrible about this happening and worried for my sweet Lemon Drop.

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Old 02-01-2019, 04:22 PM
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You may want to keep something like Styptic Powder or Kwik Stop on hand for future use, these are made specifically to stop bleeding. You did the right thing by applying the corn starch as long as the bleeding has stopped she should be fine. How much blood did she lose? If you see her holding her foot up that is to be expected sometimes since the toe was bleeding. If you see it beginning to bleed again you must take action to stop it immediately as birds can't afford to lose too much blood.
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Cody, thanks for your reply. She lost maybe 6-8 drops of blood. She doesn't seem to be bothered by the toe at all. I will keep a careful eye on her to be sure the toe doesn't start bleeding again.
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Poor little Lemon Drop. She’ll be okay. I think most of us who’ve had birds for a while have done stuff like that before. Cody has given excellent advice above. Either corn starch or styptic powder is an essential item for your emergency kit.
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Thanks, RavensGryf. So far Lemon Drop has shown herself to be resilient bird. You can sure she is getting extra care right now, including turning up the heat a bit and giving her a little extra of her favorite seed. I will try not to worry too much.
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I'm sure Lemon Drop is going to be just fine.

If you have not already done so, I would recommend assembling a "Birdie First Aid Kit" to have nearby in case of any future emergencies.

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