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Old 10-24-2018, 10:23 PM
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Re: Injury Assistance

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I also have styptic powder on hand but try corn starch first.
The styptic burns the corn starch doesn't.
The product I linked contains Benzocaine which is supposed to ease the pain....never used it myself but it came highly recommended. Next time I nick myself I'll try it
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Old 10-24-2018, 10:27 PM
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Re: Injury Assistance

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I also have styptic powder on hand but try corn starch first.
The styptic burns the corn starch doesn't.
The product I linked contains Benzocaine which is supposed to ease the pain....never used it myself but it came highly recommended. Next time I nick myself I'll try it
Thanks for the info and link I have ordered some.
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Re: Injury Assistance




This is the injury, will corn starch/flour help? Should I pull something? We didn't see a feather come out, this is all the information we have.
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Re: Injury Assistance

I applied corn starch to the injury and will follow-up with a vet visit. Thank you all for your time and help!
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Re: Injury Assistance

LOL, corn starch (of just fine flour / no-one here has corn in their house anyway) is to help stop acute bleeding of small wounds.
Putting it on an already healing injury is not necessery.
(it is a first-aid measure, not for continious-aid )

If the other bird keeps re-opening the wound by grooming it too well you may need to seperate them for a short while (few days minimum) while the injury heals.
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Re: Injury Assistance

I rarely try to solve significant problems without my vet's input. If you'd like to look for one, her are some links.Certified Avian Vets
https://abvp.com/animal-owners/find-an-abvp-specialist/
If none are near you...
Avian Veterinarians
http://www.aav.org/search/custom.asp?id=1803
In my opinion, any of the vets listed here should be better than a regular vet.

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Re: Injury Assistance

Just for future reference, you need to go out and buy a box of corn starch (flour doesn't work nearly as well)...If you have a bird, you must always have a box of corn starch on hand in case they break a blood-feather. Styptic powder such as Qwik-Stop is also good to have, but it should only be used on toenail bleeds and not on skin, because it burns like crazy...But, if it's all you have and a blood-feather breaks, then you have to use it, because a small bird can bleed to death from a broken blood-feather such as this in a matter of 5 minutes or less. So please go spend a couple bucks on some corn starch ASAP and keep it handy...

Aloe Vera does nothing at all for clotting blood, nor should you ever put it on an open wound like that, as it will only cause pain, and it has no antiseptic properties either. It's only for itching/allergic reactions, such as when your bold is molting and has a bunch of pin-feathers coming in that are itchy.

Birds have "blood-feathers", which are immature feathers with a blood supply to them. Usually when they break like this, they don't stop bleeding unless you put corn starch or styptic powder on them with pressure, because they are essentially an open vein...Sometimes they won't clot with anything you do, and they must be pulled-out with pliers to save the bird's life...

*****Please look very closely at your bird and make sure that the ENTIRE FEATHER came out, and that none of even the shaft is left in his wing, because if he or the other Budgie preen it, which they will, and they pull any remaining blood-feather out, then he'll start bleeding profusely and die if you're not there with some corn starch. Make sure it's all out, there is nothing left from where he was bleeding (wash him off and locate the source of the bleeding, and make certain there is no broken feather-shaft left in him)...Better to just take him to your Certified Avian Vet and let them make sure it's all out...
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Re: Injury Assistance

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Just for future reference, you need to go out and buy a box of corn starch (flour doesn't work nearly as well)
Soooo true btw! But since that was all we had to work with here...
(We have a potatao & grains societey here, corn is only grown as livestock-food, it's not really part of the human diet)

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Re: Injury Assistance

I realize that that the emergency is over. You might consider investing in some KwikStop. It not only clots, it has both a mild anaesthetic and antibiotic.

In addition to emergencies, nails get cut too short. I keep a SMALL test tube from the AV with a cotton ball on bottom (to take up room) then filled with KwikStop. The cap will keep it from spilling.

I keep one in my purse and one in my first aid kit. It's a great tool for sticking a toe in when accidentally clipped too short and bleeding.

I regularly need this reminder: Something that's a must for your first aid kit is your AV's name and number as well as the name, number and address of your closest Avian ER. Remember, things change, so update the information regularly!
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