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post #11 of 19

You may want to ask a moderator to move this thread over to the Emergencies forum. There are some knowledgeable in poultry illnesses that check posts there, but aren't often elsewhere on this site.


Where did you get her?

post #12 of 19
Thread Starter 
Ok not to sound stupid but where do I contact a moderator to move it? I'm using my phone so not sure if I'm getting access to all functions on site. Thank you
post #13 of 19

Done! It will be moved soon!

post #14 of 19

@casportpony is the expert on feeding by tube or syringe, I found where she talks about how much to give on this thread. You can pm her if you are having difficulty with the formula, I'm sure she will be able to help you figure the amount you need.


"""Very smart question as that is not talked about in this thread. Also not mentioned is the importance of giving fluids first. That said, I can tell you that I start by giving just fluids until I'm pretty sure they are properly hydrated.

Total crop volume is said to be 5% of their body weight, but experts suggest giving 1/3 or 1/2 of that when starting out. When tubing one of mine I will start by giving a 1000 gram bird 15-25ml of warmed Gatorade or Pedialyte. Repeat in 60-90 minutes if crop ha mostly cleared, then at least one or two more times at 2-4 hour intervals. Once they are pooping clear liquid I will tube Kaytee baby bird food mixed at 1 part food, 2.5-3 parts water, and this I do 2-4 times a day. Tubing is part science, part art, so start with the minimum amount, and each time you tube, try adding a little more, but don't exceed the 5% by too much.

Does that help? If you need help figuring out how to give, let me know and I'll help you come up with a plan."""

post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thank you thank you thank you! She is a little livelier this am when we got her out to feed smile.png I will read up on and get the supplies for tube feeding and have a go at it. My only concern is I tried several times, and so did my fiancé to feel for her crop and honestly I just feel bones, her neck muscle, I can't really locate it?
post #16 of 19

The crop is on the right side of the chicken, if she has not been eating/drinking then you most likely will not feel it.

For comparison get one of your other chicks after is has eaten and gently feel the front right side of her. You should be able to feel a "lump" for better term, where the food is,  sometimes if you look at them the "lump" is quite visible after they  have eaten.

POST #15 shows where the trachea is, no food goes there.
POST #18 shows where you would put the syringe or feeding tube.





post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 
She passed this morning 💔 I went to check on her about an hour ago and she was laying on her side barely breathing. I wrapped her in a fuzzy towel and sat with her in the sunshine until she let go. We did everything we could and I thank you all for all your help.
post #18 of 19

I'm so sorry for your loss :hugs

post #19 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thank you Wyorp Rock
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