Supportive Care for Ducks and Ducklings - Under Construction

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by casportpony, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    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.
     
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2019 at 6:10 PM
  2. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Free Ranging

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    Why not as an article?
     
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  3. I bet it be put on the Sticky Notes at the top of the duck forum.
     
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  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    I can do an article too. :D
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    We could ask for it to be put in the stickies once it's done.
     
  6. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Free Ranging

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    Sticky vs. Article - i would prefer an article as it can be found easier without navigating to the particular forum and digging through the stickies. But that's just my opinion…
     
  7. CayugaJana

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    I think hydrating a sick bird before tube feeding is something really important that most people forget! Looks great!
     
  8. CayugaJana

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    Subcutaneous hydration is something I’m excited to read about!!!:pop:clap
     
  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Oh boy, lol. Knowing how people react to tube feeding, this just might make some folks crazy!

    But I'll cover it anyway, 'cause if you have access to fluids then this is a really good way to get birds hydrated.

    edited to correct spelling
     
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2019 at 12:19 PM
  10. CayugaJana

    CayugaJana Free Ranging

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    Do you mean they don’t condone tube feeding? I guess I haven’t seen them be crazy! And I don’t give a you know what if others don’t like subcutaneous hydration, it’s a powerful tool that I would like to have in my tool belt!:highfive:
     

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