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. PLEASE ADVISE. I'M SO WORRIED I'VE HURT THEM. I've washed their heads so there is no red, dried them, painted them blue again and they seems very happy.