Hi All. So I've been up to my eyeballs in work and chickens but I wanted to share something. If you haven't tried tube feeding with your sick chickens, it is a must!
Since I have been a chicken farmer, I have struggled much with finding the ill looking chicken that needed food and water jammed down her beak for hours to keep her alive. I have lost many because I just didn't have the time to do it as much as they needed.
Since my recent coccidosis outbreak I have at least 6 pullets that needed extra care. A couple lived and a couple didn't and it usually comes down to my ability to shove scrambled eggs and water down their beaks often and enough. I admit, my time runs out quickly no matter what my heart wants to accomplish. I currently have 3 pullets inside that I am trying to treat. Someone suggested tube feeding while I was researching on BYC. I did some additional research and watched some videos and knew this was the step I have been missing.
So today i ran all over town finding bird formula, syringes and tubing to try to save my birds. I was successful and this evening, I set up my equipment, formula and with my hubby's help we tube fed our 3 pullets. It was so amazing, satisfying and exciting to feed our birds within seconds rather than fighting with them for an hour. It was such an awesome feeling! We so hope this jump starts them to eat on their own but if not, we fully plan to feed until they do it on their own. So easy and so quick!
If you have wondered about an easy and quick way to feed a sick hen and struggled like I have, feel free to ask about it!