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I recollect some mention of 'wound powder' previously? We have had broken and bleeding claws two days in a row now. The first was a hen with one split in the centre, the second was a cock who has torn one right off. Both have been a real problem to stop the bleeding and we need something fast and effective. 'Plastic skin' didn't work. Has anyone used 'wound powder', how does it work and is there a particular type for our application?

 

No idea how they injured themselves by the way, so nothing can be done by way of prevention that we can see.

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I have no experience of the wound powder but just did a quick search of the posts on here.

 

Lots of people seemed to use a Johnson's wound powder.

I didn't really find much on how much should be put on or how often but I'm sure someone will be able to give you an idea.

I hope their claws are OK.

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I have a little container of Johnsons, think it's only a couple of quid. I've had to use it once, when my Maran had managed to catch her foot on something. It clots and dries the wound. I have it on standby when clipping my new hen's claws, just in case :)

 

Obviously not suitable for big wounds or those of unknown origin.

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Thanks for your comments. I've looked a Johnson's powder, but it is just an antiseptic. Very useful to have though as cream is awkward to apply to a chicken. What we need is something to clot up and stop the bleeding like is used on battlefield injuries. Seems that maize flour amongst other things can be used. We have some on the list below and will try them if we are unlucky to have more injuries. Not too sure about the baking soda though? List is as follows.

 

Styptic pencil alternatives -

1. Alum (Spice)

2. Corn Starch

3. Potato Starch

4. Arrowroot Powder

5. Baking Soda

 

We'll probably go for the Arrowroot powder first.

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There is a powder Clot it available in America. It must have some ingredient to encourage blood to clot more quickly. Amazon also have one for humans which might be okay for animals.

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Might have been me recommending it. I always have a few pots around - more for the dogs than any other livestock... or humans!

 

Cornflour works well, but lacks the antiseptic ingredient. Pepper is another coagulant too. My grandad used cobwebs!

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We have Cornflower Dogmother, but my mind boggles with the thought of gathering cobwebs to use in an emergency! Perhaps we could mix cornflower with Johnson's?

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Cobwebs are great if you cut yourself, they work like butterfly stitches and are totally natural but not easy in an emergency.

My OH thought I was some sort of witch when I put one on a cut of his :lol:

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We use potassium permanganate on a cotton bud to stop nails bleeding which can act as a disinfectant and antiseptic - don't get any on your fingers though!

 

I always remember the traditional old Welsh farmer would use cobwebs to stop bleeding when we were dehorning cattle.

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Gosh, haven't used PP in years;brilliant disinfectant, but yer right about the staining. Silver nitrate also stops bleeding, a sort of cauterising

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We had another bleed that wouldn't stop. Somehow she had pulled out a primary flight feather and the only way to get it to stop was smothering the area in Arrowroot powder, which did eventually work. By this time she had lost a lot of blood so the wing was bandaged against her body. Been over a week now and hopefully it will have healed properly and preening won't open it up again, as it did before. Will take the bandage off tomorrow.

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