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Helpful tips for the ill & injured birds - that I use

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickenzoo, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger 10 Years

    Hi, just thought these ideas may help.

    For birds that can not drink or you are afraid to try and make them drink:
    - I often rehydrate them using a 3ml syringe & 22 ga needle, filled up with a mix of( poly vi sol, or a chicken vitamin (few drops) to a dish of water) then fill the syringe. I insert this just under skin on either side of the back and distribute. Then do it again on the other side of the back. You only want to use a little of the Vitamin at first so it does not overload their system. You can up it a little if they seem like they are getting better. This is what I do if I am afraid I will aspirate the bird.

    -Scrambled eggs or warm canned dog food can be helpful in getting a bird to eat.
    If a bird will not eat you can open their beak and insert a small amount to try to get them to start on their own.

    Redcel for horses(also a chicken version in jeffers) is a good additive for thin/ weak/anemic birds

    - If a bird will not eat, and tube feeding is the only option left, this is what I do:
    WARNING: Tube feeding is very dangerous and you can easily aspirate /kill your bird if any food is allowed either into the nostril passage on the upper beak or the opening to the lungs behind the tongue.
    Jeffers Equine has goat tube feeding syringes for $2.95. I normally buy a couple and cut the tube to different lengths for different birds/turkey.You can also use soft clear tubing on a syringe. I keep baby parrot formula on hand or you can use chick starter, warmed and wet down to a paste(applesauce consistency). I have a flash light, a towel and a helper on hand. I place the chicken on the towel and have my helper hold the chicken and the flash light. I open the mouth and with my thumb, hold the bottom beak and the tongue at the same time. ( My helper shines the light into the mouth. I keep the head and neck in an elevated position and this helps move the opening to their lungs(the opening right behind the tongue) out of the way a little. Taking the end of the syringe I aim in gently to the very right of the inside of the mouth, past and over the opening behind the tongue, and down into the croup. You can see it through the skin, it should go in easily. If not do it again. I gently feel the crop as I push on the plunger, making sure not to over fill it. You do not want it to feel tight. If you add to much quickly suck back the plunger, removing some of the food. It is best to NOT let that happen. It is better to give to little than to much. When you are done quickly remove the tube in one quick motion.

    Injured eyes: I flush with saline, oxine and then apply neosporine
    Puss in the eye: I flush with saline, remove the hardened puss with soft pressure massage or a pair of tweezers, then rinse with saline/oxine and apply neosporine.

    Swollen sinuses: I heat a moist washcloth and apply to swollen sinuses on the bird with soft steady pressure, pushing the liquid etc out the nostrils. When it has seemed to clear, I use Vet RX applied to the nostril area and under wing.

    Hope this helps someone. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2009
  2. skand

    skand Songster

    Sep 29, 2008
    Odessa, Tx
    Where was this when I was at the, "what do I do now?" situation!
    Thanks, it will help us a lot. We're still in the learning stages, some we've mastered, others, still havent experianced yet, thank goodness.
    Is this mostly for full grown birds, or chicks? Or can be used for both?
    We've mostly had the non-drinking problems and snotty eyes with the chicks.
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    thanks so much!!!
  4. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger 10 Years

    I use this with all birds - just use small amount on chicks, but the tube feeding is very hard on little chicks. Trying to find a tube small enough and soft enough to fit in their little throats is hard. I have used the plastic coating off soft house wiring when my husband strips wires w/ a wire stripper. I then stretch one end with a nail till it is wide enough to fit over the tip of a small syringe. You have to be real careful to miss the entrance to the lungs, it is hard on any birds, but even harder with chicks. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2009
  5. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger 10 Years

    I had a young bird that I found at the bottom of the pen, squished and run over. I thought she was dead, she was very cold but manage to open an eye. I rushed her inside and put her under a heat lamp. She had been suffering from cocci and was very thin. I injected her with the warm water/ vitamin mix and let her sit awhile to see if she came around. She perked up. I then warmed up the baby food formula and put it in a syringe, ( she had drool all in her mouth so I did not make her swallow. I tube fed her the warm mush. This morning she is up and eating on her own. I find these tips very helpful. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2009
  6. English Chick

    English Chick English Mum

    Jun 27, 2008
    Cheshire UK
    This is most helpful....thank you!!!
  7. skand

    skand Songster

    Sep 29, 2008
    Odessa, Tx
    Do you get more immediate results if you inject them with fluids vs. making them drink?
    Everytime I try to get one to drink, it's a destined goner. IF I could make them live longer, I would.
  8. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger 10 Years

    Quote:I normally see pretty quick results, but I am sure drinking would be best. I use the Poultry nutri drench that seems to go through them quicker.
  9. skand

    skand Songster

    Sep 29, 2008
    Odessa, Tx
    Where do you find the Poultry Nutri drench? I went out this morning, we've got one... grrr. Was just fine last night. Now, lethargic, doing the standing sleep. doesnt even want me to bother it to make it drink. [​IMG]
  10. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger 10 Years

    Quote:Tractor supply carries it and I order it from Jeffers also. Poly vi sol liquid childrens vitamin works too.

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