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    How to Remove Damaged Feathers

    ArticleBird AdviceFriday 25 February 2011
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    Many birds are known for their beautiful feathers – such as the parrot family for example; however these feathers can often get damaged. They are known as blood feathers until they grow completely in and the middle section of the feather has a blood supply – playful parrots can often hit is tail or wing on a toy or cage and the broken feather may bleed uncontrollably. To find out how to solve this problem read on.

     

    Have a friend restrain the bird in a towel, leaving only the broken feather exposed. Identify exactly where the broken feather is – if it is on the wing, for example, extend the wing gently.

     

    Use tweezers appropriate for the bird’s size. With some large birds needle-nose pliers may be needed.

     

    Grab the base of the feather as close to the follicle as possible. Pull the feather straight back with the tweezers – do this smoothly but firmly, without being aggressive.

     

    Apply pressure with gauze or another towel to stop bleeding from the follicle. Keep watching the bird for the next few hours, but it should be fine and back to normal in no time.  

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