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Old 02-22-2015, 11:25 AM
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Doing some training with Xander and I noticed a small spot of dried blood on one of his wing feathers... I got a flannel and wrapped him up to look and it seems like a blood feather- I tried to take it out but I actually Cant It seems really stuck in there And he was wriggling loads and everytime I tried to pull it out harder he seemed in a LOT of pain... But I seriously cant get it :'(

I've let him back in the cage for the moment as he started to over heat

What should I do!? Try again? I know you have to be quick about these things... Although its dried up so maybe its not as bad?

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Old 02-22-2015, 11:27 AM
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If it's not bleeding, leave it alone...

Dried blood is fine... the only danger with a blood feather is when it won't stop bleeding.

The feather will heal after a while, just leave it be as long as it's not shooting blood out. If it starts shooting blood out, get a pair of pliers and jerk it out. But as long as it's not bleeding, it's fine.
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Ah Phhewww Thanks JW!
Skylars one was bleeding loads and that was okay to get out ... So I'm thankful I dont have to go through that all again... I'll keep an eye on Xander and see if it gets worse - Fingers crossed it heals ! I dont want to try yanking that one out again!
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JW is right on the money. I had to learn this with Soterion, who was prone to bleed regularly while molting. If you don't have an active bleed going, don't sweat it...sometimes when you find dried blood, further examintion will show that the bird has pulled the bleeder themself....
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Ah Phhewww Thanks JW!
Skylars one was bleeding loads and that was okay to get out ... So I'm thankful I dont have to go through that all again... I'll keep an eye on Xander and see if it gets worse - Fingers crossed it heals ! I dont want to try yanking that one out again!
If it starts bleeding, just dip it in corn starch and see if it stops... Pulling the feather should always be a last resort, because the pain would be the same as pulling your nail out. So it should always be a last resort when you can't get it to stop bleeding.

And I have one bird who broke the same blood feather 3 times one day, and I got it to stop every time. Also, if they are breaking the blood feathers, you may think about not clipping them so short, that's what usually causes that.
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JW is right on the money. I had to learn this with Soterion, who was prone to bleed regularly while molting. If you don't have an active bleed going, don't sweat it...sometimes when you find dried blood, further examintion will show that the bird has pulled the bleeder themself....
Ah really? That must be stressful for you! I couldnt imagine having one of mine to bleed a lot as I think my stress levels would go crazy
He defiantly hasn't pulled it out himself (yet) - When I examined it, it was the very first small feather on the outside

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If it starts bleeding, just dip it in corn starch and see if it stops... Pulling the feather should always be a last resort, because the pain would be the same as pulling your nail out. So it should always be a last resort when you can't get it to stop bleeding.

And I have one bird who broke the same blood feather 3 times one day, and I got it to stop every time. Also, if they are breaking the blood feathers, you may think about not clipping them so short, that's what usually causes that.
Wow three times!!
I have cornflower and everything in my medical box for them already so i'll keep my eyes peeled

I don't clip my birds wings, Skylars was caused by him going crazy when I was giving him medication
I believe that Xanders was probably caused by rough chick play... They tend to play really hard with each other - they have pulled feathers out of each others heads by jumping on each other
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Ah really? That must be stressful for you! I couldnt imagine having one of mine to bleed a lot as I think my stress levels would go crazy
He defiantly hasn't pulled it out himself (yet) - When I examined it, it was the very first small feather on the outside



Wow three times!!
I have cornflower and everything in my medical box for them already so i'll keep my eyes peeled

I don't clip my birds wings, Skylars was caused by him going crazy when I was giving him medication
I believe that Xanders was probably caused by rough chick play... They tend to play really hard with each other - they have pulled feathers out of each others heads by jumping on each other
Corn Starch is better because it's more of a powder than corn flour is... It get's up inside the feather and stops the bleeding. Also works great for nails.
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Bethany, if you have an ethnic foods shop you might be able to find corn starch (a common Latin brand is called Maizena / Maicena). We can find it in the latino section of big shops like Carrefour here in Madrid.

Best of luck with the feather! When I read this thread I was like "Oh my goodness, you mean there's MORE trouble that my Sammy can get into?!"

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Bethany, if you have an ethnic foods shop you might be able to find corn starch (a common Latin brand is called Maizena / Maicena). We can find it in the latino section of big shops like Carrefour here in Madrid.

Best of luck with the feather! When I read this thread I was like "Oh my goodness, you mean there's MORE trouble that my Sammy can get into?!"

Hahah!! more trouble indeed! Its normally Skylar who seems to always have something wrong! -Touches wood- He's actually fine at the moment though so maybe I shouldn't have said anything haha totally jinxed it!
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