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Broken Blood Feathers and Bleeding

Bleeding must be stopped immediately to prevent rapid death.

Birds have a relatively small supply of circulating blood in their bodies. If you notice any blood on the bird or on its cage or surrounding area, try to locate the cause of the bleeding immediately. Unchecked blood loss can result in death in a fairly short amount of time. Handle the bleeding bird carefully so as not to cause it to struggle and panic, which could result in more blood loss.

Once the location of the bleeding has been determined, try to stop the blood flow immediately. If the bird is bleeding from the beak (from flying into glass or another object), apply styptic powder or any cauterizing agent (cornstarch, flour, baking soda) by packing it heavily onto the bleeding area. Be very careful! If the bird is bleeding from a broken toenail, follow the same procedure as for the beak. If the bird is bleeding from a broken blood feather (a developing feather that still has a flowing blood supply in the shaft), pull the feather immediately with a pair of needle-nosed pliers. Grab the feather firmly at the base of the quill, and pull the feather in the growth direction. If the area continues to bleed after the feather has been pulled, apply a cauterizing agent to stop the blood flow. Keep a close eye on the area of injury even after the bleeding has stopped to ensure that the wound does not open again.

2-25-2004


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My tiel broke a blood feather recently and I had no idea what to do so I called the person I got salt (my tiel)and he told me how to pull it out,but by the time I got back to my bird he had preened it out so I thought it was ok. then later I found more bleeding so I had to have salt taken down to the person I got him from and have him cleaned up and stop the bleeding.Salt is still recovering.Thanks for the artical!!!!
Valerie, paradise valley, AZ
Posted: 10/7/2011 9:18:35 AM
One of my tiels had a broken blood feather. I has told what to do in just this case by the lady that sold me the tiels. Without this info, I'm not sure what I would have done. The infomation that you have here is what she told me to do.
Dan, Sandy Valley, NV
Posted: 4/25/2010 2:34:21 PM
I have had quite a few birds in the last 20 years, and tonight is the first time I had to deal with a broken blood feather.I immediately came to your site and easily found the information I needed. I pulled the the feather, applied a little blood clotting powder and Pickles is now fine. Thank you so much for your help.
Debbie, Philadelphia, PA
Posted: 4/22/2009 4:43:17 PM
When I brought Bilbo home, the next day, I saw bleeding. I didn't know why he was bleeding from his feather!! I read about blood feathers, and how to pull one. I did it myself, and he seemed all better!! He hasn't broken one since. Be sure, if you ever had to pull a blood feather, be CALM!! If you're not calm , niether will the bird.
Brittney, Bailey, CO
Posted: 8/18/2008 11:39:49 AM
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