Updated - Go team "Tube Feeding!"

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by casportpony, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. casportpony

    casportpony Enlightened

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    Just wanted to share some crop feeding videos that I found.

    Crop feeding videos

    These are using a crop needle, not a plastic tube.




    This one uses a tube like I use


    The hardest part is getting them to hold still. Ducks have a different shaped crop, so that's probably why you can't feel it filling. Duck looks like the one on the left:
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    -Kathy
     
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  2. Krayfish57

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    I am a hospital clinician (respiratory therapist) so I am familiar with suction catheters, G-tubes, trache tubes. Where do I find a crop feeding tube/catheter? What size French for a 5 lb chicken? This is extremely informative and detailed.
     
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  3. Eggcessive

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    The quickest fix is a piece of aquarium tubing from WalMart and a 35 cc syringe with a regular tip from the feed store. Then if you can locate red rubber catheters on line plus a catheter tip syringe 50-60 cc.
     
  4. casportpony

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    Most vets will have them, but you could also use aquarium air hose or waterline for refrigerators, just heat the end of the tube with a lighter so there are no sharp edges. The size I use most is a 18 French, anything smaller and it's too hard to syringe food through. Have used an 18 on my 500 gram bantams, so I know it's not too big for your girl, lol.

    -Kathy
     
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  5. Sarevan

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    The "tube feeding kit" I found was at Coastal Farm and Ranch. It was tagged as tube feeding for lambs. It is a size 14 french catheter and a large syringe. They had smaller and larger sizes. It was between 3-4 bucks, extra syringe was about a dollar.

    So far I have used it on several chickens. I clean it after each use, flushing it out with boiling water, and then run some ACV through it, then rinse again with boiling water. I dry it, then store in a ziplock bag to keep it ready for next patient.

    This item has been so useful, flushing out a sour crop, adding water/oil to impacted crop, feeding an Ill bird, getting meds into a bird. The large syringes help in cleaning vent area, feeding without the tube, use when giving by dripping into mouth several birds at once.

    So far the syringes and tube have been the most used items in my kit.
     
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  6. casportpony

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    I use mine just about every day, lol (long story). I have found that anything smaller than an 18 is too small for thicker mixtures, I actually use a 30 when I tube crumbles, otherwise it's a 18 for anyt bird over 400 grams. Jeffers also sells a lamb saver kit, but I don't know what size tube it is. http://www.jefferspet.com/weak-kid-syringe/camid/LIV/cp/S7-W6/cn/330/
     
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  7. Sarevan

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    I found out tonight that the 14 is too small to feed liquefied crumbles or pellets, it just plugged up unless I cut off the tip. I made due will get a larger one tomorrow. A friend of mine uses surgical tubing but I think it expands too much.
     
  8. casportpony

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    Even an 18 is too small for crumbles unless you put them in a blender first. I'm too lazy, so I use "big Bertha", the 30... Takes less than three mintutes to make the mixture, catch the bird and tube 120ml-180ml (2-3 60ml syringes for the bigger birds).

    -Kathy
     
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  9. chickisoup

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    wow!!! thank you for this info! just commenting to make sure this stays in my subscriptions

    Thank you both again!!!
     

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