Broken Pin Feather?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mylilchix, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    I have a 3 week old salmon faverolle who broke a tail pin feather yesterday. The girls were sparring and doing flight practice when it happened. She was bleeding a bit, so I pulled her out and cleaned up the blood. I also changed the brooder lamp from white to red. I noticed that she was bleeding slightly again this morning, so I cleaned her up. Is there anything I can do to prevent her from re-injuring this pin feather? Should I seperate her until it heals? Thanks for your help!!!

  2. WikkitGateFarm

    WikkitGateFarm In the Brooder

    Apr 9, 2008
    Pickaway County, Ohio
    The best thing to do for a broken blood feather is to pull it completely out.

    Get gloves and make sure you have a scratch-proof and peck-resistant grip on the bird, and find a pair of needle-nose pliers. Hold the bird, grab the feather near the base firmly with the pliers, and pluck with a decisive, smooth motion (don't yank it out, pull it out.)

    It might bleed a little, but it will heal, and the chance of re-injury is not there, as it would be with the broken feather. You can put some cornstarch and a little pressure on the spot to stop the blood flow.

    [Edit: Would this be better in the Injuries and Cures thread?]
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2008

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