Topics to be covered Doing an exam The importance of weighing Hospital cage temperature Assessing level of sickness When and when not to tube Hydration therapy with tube feeding Hydration therapy with subcutaneous fluids Tube feeding Poop inspection The Exam The importance of weighing Hospital Cage Temperature. Almost all sick ducks will be hypothermic so it best for them to be in a warm room or cage that is 80-85 degrees. Avoid using heat lamps over ducks that cannot walk. Heating pads set to low can be used in some instances, but watch carefully for signs of over heating. Tube Feeding There are some instances where tubing should not be done and those are: Don't tube a bird that is unresponsive Don't tube a bird with a bowel obstruction Don't tube a bird that can't hold it's head up unless you can make some sort of nest with pillows or towels to keep it's head up Don't tube a fluids or food to hypothermic bird, get it warm first. Don't tube *food* to a dehydrated bird, correct hydration first Edited to add: Open to suggestions, feedback and constructive criticism.