So this week I am going to start working on my first aid kit for Peety.
I was wondering why would I have to use forceps to pull out a broken feather? Would he possibly break a feather by flying into a wall? The thoughts of pulling out a broken feather gives me the willies. I feel like it would hurt. Or is it like plucking an eyebrow? Does it bleed?
If a blood feather breaks, it can bleed a lot and the bird can die. You'd want to pull out the "stump." So you'd grip it at the base and pull it out in the direction it is growing (softly but firmly supporting the wing). After it is pulled the bleeding stops much easier (with the help of flour or a commercial product for stopping bleeding).
I assume it would hurt a bit, but needs to be done.
I don't have forceps on my bird first aid kit, but I do have some strong tweezers. I have had to pluck out a broken feather from a friend's budgie who was attacked by a dog (and lucky enough just a feather was broken!). It does bleed for a little while, but heals much faster as I think the stump could necrose and cause infection. It is kind of when you smash a fingernail so bad it needs to be taken off... kind of painful but heals much faster than dealing with the remains.
Sorry if I was too graphic. As birdmomma says, it is not pleasant, but it needs to be done.
Oh dear, this thread is making me feel very queasy! I am particularly squeamish, but can be good in a crisis. Thanks for posting, I hadn't thought about this really, but it's always good to be prepared (adds tweezers to first aid kit)