Bleeding Bird

3 Treatment Tips For A Bleeding Bird That Could Save Its Life

A bleeding bird is cause for alarm. Birds have only a few tablespoons of blood circulating throughout their entire body so any bleeding must be stopped quickly. Learn strategies to stop bird bleeding safely and quickly in this blog article from BirdSupplies.com
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What does it mean when your bird is bleeding?

A very common and scary avian emergency is a bleeding bird.  Anytime that a bird is bleeding, it is cause for concern and you'll need to make fairly fast decisions to stop the bleeding and stabilize your pet. 

Bird injuries are quite common.  Birds break blood feathers, get their feathers caught in cage bars, fly into objects, and can be attacked by other household pets. These are just a few of the injuries that birds experience. 

That's why it is so important to have a bird first aid kit available at all times. Make sure that your bird first aid kit contains styptic powder. My favorite brand of styptic powder has an analgesic for pain relief.

 

 

Can a bird bleed to death?

Only about 10% of your bird's body weight is blood.  So, for instance, a 130 gm. Cockatiel will have approximately 13 cc of blood.  It's easier to envision how much blood your bird has if you look at a syringe.  

So, if you see a couple of cc of fresh blood on your bird or splatters around the cage, floor, cage paper or walls, take action quickly because a bird can bleed to death fairly quickly.

Can birds stop bleeding on their own?

According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, “When a bird has a “bleeding” emergency, it is important to distinguish between obvious active bleeding (such as from the wing, beak, or foot) and blood on the cage or on the bird with no active bleeding.

Continued bleeding requires immediate veterinary intervention, whereas bleeding that has stopped is best left undisturbed. However, even if bleeding has ceased, it is wise to take your bird in for an examination.”

Even so, make sure to have a safe blood clotting powder available. Styptic powder is the method of choice for stopping bird bleeding, however in a pinch you can use ordinary baking flour or cornstarch.

How to stop bleeding in birds

How will you help an injured bird who is bleeding?

FIRST:  STAY  CALM!

Remember, that your bird easily feeds off of your emotional state. If it is already experiencing a medical problem and it see's you in a panic, your bird's blood pressure will increase and it will go into "fight or flight" mode, thereby increasing the blood loss.  Take a few deep breaths and remember this article.

SECOND: STOP & THINK

A healthy bird has great clotting abilities and can experience losses of up to about 50% of its blood with supportive veterinary care.  That's not to say that you want to just apply a "band-aid" approach with a bleeding bird, but use this information to keep calm.  A bit of blood on this pictured on this bird can be treated easily, while you'd want to get veterinary care for more significant blood loss.

 

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After calming down, it is important to find the source of the bleeding.  Is the bleeding from an internal injury or an external one?  Internal bleeding comes from a body orifice like the mouth, ears, nares or vent, while external bleeding comes from the skin.

THIRD: DETERMINE THE CAUSE & LOCATION OF THE BLEEDING:

  1. Determine the exact location of the bleeding.

  2. Determine the extent of the injury.

  3. Can the bleeding be stopped with no first aid measures or application of Super Clot and 1-2 minutes of pressure?
INTERNAL INJURIES REQUIRE IMMEDIATE VETERINARY CARE:  

Get your bird to the vet immediately if the bleeding is from an orifice such as the nares, mouth, ears, eyes or in the droppings.
  • ANIMAL BITES: INCLUDING BIRD: Always seek Avian Vet Care ASAP due to deadly infection issue.

EXTERNAL INJURIES:  Broken blood feathers, small lesions...

    If the bleeding is external, minor, and not from an animal bite, place your bird in a clean hospital cage to minimize movement and make observation easier.

    1. Observe your bird for 5 minutes.

    2. If bleeding doesn't stop within 5 minutes, administer Bird First Aid:  Bird first aid in this case means applying Bird Safe Styptic Powder at the site of the bleeding and applying gentle pressure for 1-2 minutes.

    3. Once the bleeding has stopped continue to observe your bird in a hospital cage for at least 1-2 hours to be sure the bleeding doesn't reoccur.

    4. Keep your bird warm and allow it quiet rest.

    WHEN TO GET IMMEDIATE VET TREATMENT

    • If the bleeding reoccurs, take your bird in to your avian veterinarian immediately.

    • Is your bird listless or panting? Yes?  Call the vet and get your bird in ASAP. Never the less, your calm reaction and a safe, confined space may reduce stress immediately.

    • The injury is due to an animal bite. Animal bites can result in deadly infections within 24 hours and may involve serious internal injuries that are not apparent to you. 

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    Diane Burroughs, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist trained in ABA therapy techniques. She specializes in avian anxiety disorders and is certified in Nutrition For Mental Health. Diane has written a number of bird behavior books and she offers behavior consultations. She's developed a range of UnRuffledRx Science-backed Parrot Wellness Supplies.

    Diane's products have been featured in the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery and at Exoticscon, a conference for exotic pet veterinarians. Her bird collars & supplements are stocked in avian vet clinics and bird stores throughout the US. With over 30 years in the field of behavior, Diane has created thousands of successful individualized behavior plans that help pets thrive.

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    18 comments

    Irene underwood

    Irene underwood

    My 2 year old mynah bird laid 4 eggs without a male I removed them I noticed then she was holding up her left foot and started biting it till it was bleeding she’s flying around the room like mad has some sort of attacks with the foot lays down to rest from exhaustion had X-rays taken but they said there was some gas in her intestines and a bit swollen knee everything else checked out good so the report says ????
    She’s taking antibiotics but still jumping around like mad I think she’s misdiagnosed how can I stop her from biting the foot/ toes and what can I put on to stop it from getting infected we found her 2 years ago in Hawaii fell out of nest dying but I handfed the baby Aby she talks up a storm
    Had permission to bring her to the mainland on the plane we love her so much PLEASE PLEASE HELP could it be a result of Laying 4 eggs I would be so great full for a diffrent advice. Other than from the vet that I’m not confident in 🙏

    My 2 year old mynah bird laid 4 eggs without a male I removed them I noticed then she was holding up her left foot and started biting it till it was bleeding she’s flying around the room like mad has some sort of attacks with the foot lays down to rest from exhaustion had X-rays taken but they said there was some gas in her intestines and a bit swollen knee everything else checked out good so the report says ????
    She’s taking antibiotics but still jumping around like mad I think she’s misdiagnosed how can I stop her from biting the foot/ toes and what can I put on to stop it from getting infected we found her 2 years ago in Hawaii fell out of nest dying but I handfed the baby Aby she talks up a storm
    Had permission to bring her to the mainland on the plane we love her so much PLEASE PLEASE HELP could it be a result of Laying 4 eggs I would be so great full for a diffrent advice. Other than from the vet that I’m not confident in 🙏

    Vickie

    Vickie

    My bird is bleeding on the wing, and I don’t have a first aid, I’m going to take her to the vet but if this ever happens again what brand of first aid do you think is best for young budgies?

    My bird is bleeding on the wing, and I don’t have a first aid, I’m going to take her to the vet but if this ever happens again what brand of first aid do you think is best for young budgies?

    Olga

    Olga

    Good Morning

    We bought a grey Cockatiel and we realized she is bleeding from her chest, the previous owners says she does bleed from her chest when she is stressed, but it does not seem normal to me. She hasn’t bled from her chest for a while now, but the old blood is stuck to her chest and I don’t know how to clean it without stressing her out.

    Could you please assist

    Kind Regards

    Good Morning

    We bought a grey Cockatiel and we realized she is bleeding from her chest, the previous owners says she does bleed from her chest when she is stressed, but it does not seem normal to me. She hasn’t bled from her chest for a while now, but the old blood is stuck to her chest and I don’t know how to clean it without stressing her out.

    Could you please assist

    Kind Regards

    greg mousley

    greg mousley

    my glouster canary has a cut on one eyelid and is bleeding what can I do thanks

    my glouster canary has a cut on one eyelid and is bleeding what can I do thanks

    Anonymous

    Anonymous

    My bird is bleeding from its feather really hard will he die?

    My bird is bleeding from its feather really hard will he die?

    Sandra

    Sandra

    My cocktail bird is bleeding near the feathers it got hurt while hitting the cage so applied some turmeric to it I’m getting scared nothing will happen to it rty

    My cocktail bird is bleeding near the feathers it got hurt while hitting the cage so applied some turmeric to it I’m getting scared nothing will happen to it rty

    Zeba

    Zeba

    I have 6 budgies and found blood on the wing of one bird and the chest of another. Didn’t see how it happened. Could u plz tell me what would have happened and what I should do?

    I have 6 budgies and found blood on the wing of one bird and the chest of another. Didn’t see how it happened. Could u plz tell me what would have happened and what I should do?

    Noriko Low

    Noriko Low

    My cockatiel had eye bleed at clip job this am. Groomer put him in cage to calm down, said a few birds had this stress reaction. After a few minutes no bleeding and he was put in transport cage. One drop on counter…I can imagine distraught owners overreacting…sorry no cages for humans.

    My cockatiel had eye bleed at clip job this am. Groomer put him in cage to calm down, said a few birds had this stress reaction. After a few minutes no bleeding and he was put in transport cage. One drop on counter…I can imagine distraught owners overreacting…sorry no cages for humans.

    Steve

    Steve

    My Orange Wing was bleeding from his tail and I found a tail feather on the floor. It appears he plucked it out.

    Very concerned.

    My Orange Wing was bleeding from his tail and I found a tail feather on the floor. It appears he plucked it out.

    Very concerned.

    Maddie

    Maddie

    My cockatiel cut its toe yesterday, I cleaned his foot up and it was fine, bleeding had stopped and he was acting normal. Today I have been working and heard him calling me, so I went upstairs to find the same foot bleeding but with another wound.. I check his cage yesterday and took out what had cut him.. i don’t understand what he’s done to make another wound on the same foot and make his other cut from yesterday bleed again. This time it’s not stopped?

    My cockatiel cut its toe yesterday, I cleaned his foot up and it was fine, bleeding had stopped and he was acting normal. Today I have been working and heard him calling me, so I went upstairs to find the same foot bleeding but with another wound.. I check his cage yesterday and took out what had cut him.. i don’t understand what he’s done to make another wound on the same foot and make his other cut from yesterday bleed again. This time it’s not stopped?

    Juanita

    Juanita

    My cockatoo is bleeding from the mouth and I don’t know what to do. Please please help. Thank you

    My cockatoo is bleeding from the mouth and I don’t know what to do. Please please help. Thank you

    Karen Taviner

    Karen Taviner

    l noticed this morning that my bird has blood on a little climb of feathers

    l noticed this morning that my bird has blood on a little climb of feathers

    Tina

    Tina

    My white winged parakeet is bleeding from her rectum.. it was quite a lot of blood that she was leaking and now it’s a thick consistency and it came out of no where .. is this normal?

    My white winged parakeet is bleeding from her rectum.. it was quite a lot of blood that she was leaking and now it’s a thick consistency and it came out of no where .. is this normal?

    Noah

    Noah

    My parakeet was bleeding in its back and i didnt know what to do help

    My parakeet was bleeding in its back and i didnt know what to do help

    karri

    karri

    my classes budgie is bleeding on its wing.
    how do I help it.

    my classes budgie is bleeding on its wing.
    how do I help it.

    Rita

    Rita

    Ring neck parrot has a drop of blood in his beak
    What to do?

    Ring neck parrot has a drop of blood in his beak
    What to do?

    Maddie

    Maddie

    what do I do if my bird is bleeding above the abdomen

    what do I do if my bird is bleeding above the abdomen

    L. Tejaswini

    L. Tejaswini

    My pigeon was suffering from bleeding from mouth. And doesn’t eat nearly 1 week and also weight loss so please give me a suggestion for stopping bleeding and weight gain

    My pigeon was suffering from bleeding from mouth. And doesn’t eat nearly 1 week and also weight loss so please give me a suggestion for stopping bleeding and weight gain

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