Bleeding tail feather

by Roland
(Richmond, VA)

Bleeding Tail Feather on Blue Bird

Bleeding Tail Feather on Blue Bird

My parakeet flies around and sometimes lands on his tail. Today he landed on it and it started bleeding. We don't know what to do. He still hops around and plays normally like the blook isn't even there. Is he fine or is it something more serious. I have a picture attached.

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Mar 29, 2009
Bleeding bird feather
by: Tracie

Oh Good! I am so glad it stopped bleeding. No, there is not anything else you need to do. I would still encourage you to purchase the locking forceps in case you need to pull a blood feather in the future.

If you don't feel like you have the nerve to pull a feather, and I don't blame you if you can't, then throw a towel over the bird so you can restrain the bird and pack the feather with flour while pinching the feather above where it is bleeding.

I would get someone to drive you to an avian vet while doing the above in case you don't stop the bleeding.

Mar 29, 2009
It Stopped
by: Roland

It appeared to have stopped bleeding. Is any further care needed?

Mar 27, 2009
Bleeding bird feather
by: Tracie

This could be serious if you didn't stop the bleeding! When they break a blood feather you have to pull it out if possible. If you are not able to do this, then try to pack it with flour and apply pressure to the end of the feather that is bleeding.

To pull the feather, most people use special long nosed locking forceps vets use. We sell a Bird First Aid Kit that has some included in the kit. You should consider having a kit like this in your bird room for accidents like this.

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