I Accidentally Pulled Out a Tail Feather! Bloody!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bionic_chicken, May 24, 2008.

  1. bionic_chicken

    bionic_chicken Songster

    Apr 2, 2008
    Spring, TX
    My girl was running under the couch. In retrospect, this will be obvious to all of you, and to me. I held her by the tail to keep her stationary while I reached under the couch to retrieve her. (After all, it was hard-boiled egg time, and she was missing out!) Anyway, she yanked forward and I felt a *bink* and knew immediately that a feather had popped out. I freaked out because I read a post about "blood feathers". Sure enough, there was blood in the feather! I think I've found the little area on her butt where it came out, but it doesn't look bloody. Is there anything I need to do? Anything I need to watch for? Yes, I've learned my lesson. No holding onto tails! [​IMG] to me!
    Last edited: May 24, 2008
  2. conny63malies

    conny63malies Crowing

    Mar 22, 2008
    Annetta Kentucky
    I wouldnt be too worried. It happens, even in nature. You could put a bit of first aid ointment without painreliever on it. Cant hurt.
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    In an emergency, I have used flour to stop bleeding, and it worked great. I just didn't have anything else, and I was in a panic. Ointment would be good it its not bleeding anymore
  4. backintime

    backintime Songster

    Apr 7, 2008
    Northern Wisconsin
    Bionic, I'm new here but have spent MONTHS reading all these posts . . . I think the real danger in a blood feather is that if it's broken along the shaft of the feather, the blood will continue to flow OUT of the broken shaft. The remedy for this is to pull the WHOLE feather out, so the skin closes up and it will stop bleeding. So I think that it was better for the feather to pull out than to break off.

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