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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-30-2014, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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I took Tala to the vet today for a nail trimming and she broke a blood feather on her shoulder. I have been watching it and I think it is stopping but if anyone has anyadvice please let me know
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-30-2014, 11:52 PM
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Continue to keep an eye on it. Get some corn starch and styptic powder/stick to have on hand. Use the corn starch on the wing/body, as the styptic powder can burn skin and is generally more for if you get a quick on a nail. Shelby broke a tail blood feather New Years eve while I had her out "partying". She fluttered down to the floor and broke it. I didn't notice til a little later. I think she actually broke it earlier when she stuffed her but into her water bowl for a bath. And just broke it off on the floor. It left ~ 1" on her. I was freaked! Where the hell was I gonna get styptic or corn starch a 11 pm New Year's Eve? Luckily it clotted well. I kept her calm and wrapped in a towel in my lap for awhile til she was sleepy and it was fine and I put her to bed.

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Yes corn flour would be best, or cayenne pepper As long as it stops bleeding you can leave it be

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It has stopped bledding.
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I added a little cornstarch yestarday to help with the clotting when we got home from the vet
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I always apply ice first to shrink the capillaries and corn starch after - works like a charm on small wounds like that.
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Make sure you check to see if there is any part of the feather left in her skin. If they have a little bit of the feather left they can bump it and bleed out quite easily, especially if they have already lost blood from breaking it.
Check thoroughly to make sure and if there IS a bit left you'll need to pull it out or go to the vet to have them pull it.

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