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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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African grey scratches at night, cleans under wings

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African grey scratches at night, cleans under wings constany, find 2 small drops of blood on the bottom of the cage. Check the grey out, can't find where the blood is coming from.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

In the great majority of cases such an active groomer has fractured a feather sheath through the section in which a blood vessel persists - a "blood feather". A careful exam of all of Spankie's feathers should reveal a small clot of blood covering the fracture on the feather sheath. Unless further bleeding arises, the feather can be left alone. If bleeding arises once again, however, the feather needs to be grasped near the skin and plucked out. This is best done by an avian-oriented vet (please see here: who has a technician trained in restraining birds safely.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Hi Rick Neilson,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Spankie. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin