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Blood feather bleeding on parakeet when she picks at it.

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Blood feather bleeding on parakeet when she picks at it. What can I do? No help available.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Darla, you'll need help. One person gently restrains Sunshine while the other identifies the bleeding feather and plucks it out of the skin. The skin will stop bleeding immediately. To identify which feather is bleeding the area can be soaked in 3% hydrogen peroxide which will blanche out the old blood and make it easier for you to find the feather shaft that's fractured. That's the feather you would grasp at the skin with tweezers or similar tool and pluck out. If you don't have help, leave this alone until you do have help; otherwise, disturbing the clot will only cause more bleeding.

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