Crop Feeders vs Tube Feeding?


5 Years
Jul 23, 2018
I recall seeing a very informative, lengthy post about hydrating and tube feeding ducks of various ages but can’t recall who the poster was but was confused between using a crop feeder (‘metal tube with ball on end’) and using a syringe and tube set up. The online supplier for the crop feeder required a $75 min order so am wondering:
When would each of these methods to hydrate and feed be used?
Where can a crop feeder be ordered more reasonably?
And what method would be used if activated charcoal needed to be administered?
Thanks in advance.
I assume you're referring to a crop needle, and tubing? I have both, but if you're using it on ducks, the tubing would be a better choice. For tubing, I, and most people use red rubber french catheters. Most online medical stores sell them. Aim for 18 french for adults.

Tube feeding is recommended for sick birds that aren't drinking/eating much, or have lost 5-10% of their body weight. It can also be used to administer medications, such as activated charcoal. the bird is pooping,2-4 times a day.

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