Cross beak Broken!! Please Help!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickenkeeper12, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. chickenkeeper12

    chickenkeeper12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My crossbeak Silkie cracked her beak yesterday and she doesn't really move a lot. She hasn't been eating or drinking. What should I do. Please help!! She is my favorite chicken
     
  2. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    [​IMG]You will likely have to start tube feeding.in a pinch you can use clean fish air hose line for the tube and a good food for the tube that flows nicely is called exact by kaytee. I'll post a picture of it.for the precise instructions on how to tube feed on BYC please put tube feeding in the search and you will find some links that show you how to do this. Its very important to feed her because she is not eating on her own. When you first tube feed it is a little nerving but after the first time you will become more comfortable with it.here is a picture of the food.i hope this helps. Also please look up tube feeding for the specifics. Best wishes
     
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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  4. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    Great videos! Kathy where did you get your tube can you provide a link my tube is too small. Thanks
     
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    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Triple Willow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some crossbeaks can eat fermented feed and it is very good for them.
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Will she try to eat anything? Maybe try moistening some feed, or giving her other soft foods, like yogurt or applesauce. But if she won't eat at all on her own, I would definitely begin tube feeding.
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    If you're going to buy some tubes you might want to get a really big one, too... Size 30 works on all of my average sized chickens *and* it's large enough that crumbles mixed in water will flow through it.
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    4 1.33 0.053
    5 1.67 0.066
    6 2 0.079
    7 2.3 0.092
    8 2.7 0.105
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    10 3.3 0.131
    11 3.7 0.144
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    26 8.7 0.341
    28 9.3 0.367
    30 10 0.393
    32 10.7 0.419
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  9. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    Thank you kathy I ordered a few. I also found a bird tube feeding kit off amazon. The rubber tube is soft and you can cut it to fit.it comes with proper syringe. It seemed very nice so I also got that. I had a difficult time when my girls were sick using the small tube I had and my syringe was not exactly compatable.it worked but it wasn't easy so I'm buying these new ones to put into my emergency kit because you never know when you will need it. Its better to be prepared for a emergency I found that out. Thank you for your help Kathy.
     
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    @chickenkeeper12 , now would be a good time to get a baseline weight on her, then weigh her ever few days at the same time in the morning. Weight loss = tube feeding, IMO.
     

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