Yes, I will. When I do tube feed them we give them a slurry consisting mostly of baby bird formula with sometimes other stuff, like yogurt or applesauce, but they would get fluids from it, woudn't they? So you think just give them water first in tube feeding and then maybe wait a bit before giving them more solid stuff?
She is more alert today, and her one eye is half open. It looks terrible but I think she can see out of it. The other one is still closed and I'm worried about that one, but, regardless, she's showing a little improvement. Because of that, we decided to wait just one more day before giving the injection. We will give it tomorrow certainly if she does not eat breakfast, and if she is not eating or drinking by Monday or Tuesday I guess I should consider starting to tube feed her. Her head is beginning to dry up and scab over some, too.
I think the injection would help prevent and treat any infection, but some people are averse to treating their birds with strong antibiotics. Garlic is a good natural type antibiotic, so maybe putting a little crushed clove in a gallon of water and using that for her drinking water for a while would help.
Yes, I think give her some water first then what you are feeding her would be good. She will likely have looser stools, but better to be fully hydrated than only partially.
And if you think she is in pain, they can be given baby asprin. Maybe half a baby asprin once a day might help her. I know you don't want to hold her head, but you can just open her beak a little and drop it or poke it in the back of her throat.
Edited by MrsBachbach - 10/4/15 at 8:48am