Originally Posted by PertyGertie
I hate to be that person that is asking a question that the answer might be in front of my nose but I really need to know how much to tube feed a chicken. Is there a standard amount per pound of bird?
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.