Cutting feathers - how much is too much??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by operator16, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. operator16

    operator16 Songster

    May 15, 2010
    Previously Posted in the Breed section as: Polish Poof - cutting pin feathers - OUCH???

    I know it may be a dumb question...

    This is the second time I've cut the poof on my two Polish gals so they could see better. The first time, I trimmed and had to paint their heads with blue food coloring to cover their pink scalps from peeking through the sparse white feathers so they would be left alone. This was very successful. Their scarce poofs have turned into HUGE, PUFFY, cotton-ball like hats - just shy of the size of a baseball. When trimming today, I hit a few feathers that bled. OW! I'm concerned.

    1. Is there any feeling in feathers?

    2. Do I need to worry about them losing blood? Could it start again? I was able to stop the bleeding (a few little drops) with pressure and fresh water.

    Also - I don't know if they were pin feathers. They had feathers at the ends of them. The were just above the nose by 1/4 of an inch and above the eye by the same distance. Most of what I cut were the fluffy feathers and the dry, hollow shaft tips.


    I've washed their heads so there is no red, dried them, painted them blue again and they seems very happy.
  2. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    May I ask wy you trim their feathers... I would only think you would need to trim a few in front of their eyes.. I have never heard of someone cutting the whole crest off or the scarf...
  3. RedfogsFlock

    RedfogsFlock Songster

    Jan 17, 2010
    Wittmann, AZ
    When trimming feathers yes they do bleed. You should have some quick stop or baking powder on hand in case you trim to much. No they don't have any feeling in them. When you look at the feathers if you look real close you can see the color change in the stem part. Thats like the quick, be careful when trimmin near it. good luck!

    never use hydrogen peroxide, it makes them bleed more.

    Good luck! We have to trim our polish roo! lol
  4. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
  5. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    There is no blood supply in feathers once they've completely grown in. If you cut a feather and it bleeds, it was what they call a "blood feather," still growing in.
  6. operator16

    operator16 Songster

    May 15, 2010
    Well, they have so many feathers that are really low on their nose, near the beak. Then some fall over their eyes from above the eye area. Some seem to go low on the head behind their eyes as well. I've never seen anything like it. I cut those areas so they can see in front, on the sides, and hopefully have some peripheral view of the rear area. This leaves the top stuff that then hangs over these areas. So, I trim some of them too.

    They really look like they are running around with baseballs on their heads. It's cute, but NOT practical. We don't show them. They're our pets.

  7. Peppermint

    Peppermint Songster

    I'm about to do some minor trim-work on my Polish, too. I'll be careful for those "blood feathers"! Wish me luck!
  8. operator16

    operator16 Songster

    May 15, 2010
    If it helps - the couple that bled were black feathers near the eyes and I couldn't tell if the shafts were dark because of natural pigmentation or because they were new ones w/blood in them. There were only a few drops of blood and it stopped almost immediately after I held them firmly with a washcloth.

    Best wishes!!!


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