I have been having long standing issues with feather picking which have mostly been resolved. My birds are finally starting to feather in nicely which is a nice change from looking at bald chickens for the past year. I left for the day today and came back to some more feather damage. Unfortunately, the damage was to some blood feathers, and they are bleeding enough that they need to be addressed. One bird has a damaged blood feather near her oil gland which I intend to pluck out tomorrow if it hasn't stopped leaking by then. She has been Blukoted, and should be okay until then. The other bird has a damaged main primary feather. I am dreading having to pluck this feather because I know how firmly attached it is going to be. This is going to be hell on both Ariel (the bird in question) and me. I've been contemplating how to deal with it, and I thought about cauterization instead of plucking since I have a soldering iron at my disposal. Has anyone ever tried cauterization on a blood feather? Does it work? Any input would be greatly appreciated because I really don't want to yank this feather, but it is bleeding enough that I don't want to leave it until morning. I will pull it if I have to, but I would prefer something a little less traumatic (as if burning my bird is less traumatic...). Thanks everyone.