Hi, everyone! I took Sammy in for a follow-up last night at the vet, and he's doing great. He did a fecal smear which was normal, and he's going to repeat his x-ray from the heavy metals poisoning in 2 weeks. He didn't want to do it last night because Sammy is heavily molting and he didn't want to stress my budgie.
I asked him about blood feathers to be sure that I'm prepared in case Sammy ever breaks one, especially since I have to give Sammy medicine frequently.
He told me the things I already knew: pull out the blood feather, work quickly, etc. But he said that if there are any problems - the blood feather won't come out, etc. - that there's a little trick you can use.
Pour hydrogen peroxide over the break and put a piece of kitchen paper up to the break.
Then make for the vet quickly, where they can remove the blood feather under sedation so as not to stress the bird and cause it to keep bleeding.
My vet said that the hydrogen peroxide has a chemical interaction with the blood, causing it to clot. The little paper will form a temporary "scab" until we can get him to the vet.
It was a cool trick that I'd never heard and I thought of sharing it with all of you!