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Old 04-14-2017, 12:43 AM
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I think it's the best skill I've ever learned, bird-health-wise! I give all my meds that way now because I find it to be less stressful on the bird than trying to force them to swallow and not spit it out.
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Old 04-14-2017, 12:53 AM
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I've only had to give oral meds to one bird, and she was a baby so she was fairly cooperative. It wouldn't be fun trying to do it to an adult bird.

I don't like gavage feeding as an ordinary feeding technique, because it short-circuits the normal feeding process. The baby doesn't even get to taste the food. But the technique has huge value for medical purposes.
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Old 04-14-2017, 12:59 AM
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I've only ever gavage fed sick adults, so fair enough on that one. As I'm sure you know, my flock has needs that have required literally thousands of medication administrations on a semi-regular basis over the years. I'm just really glad crop tubing is in my emergency skill set, because according to several vets I've known, needing to be tube fed is the second most common reason for birds to need hospitalization (#1 being blood loss from broken blood feathers).

I do sort of think that anyone who has birds but might not have readily available emergency vet access would benefit from learning blood feather first aid, gavage feeding, and nasal flushes.

I guess my take-home point here is that I don't think it's at all unreasonable to suggest that people try it in an emergency. It's definitely better if you can have someone show you how in person, but I think it's totally doable from a diagram or Youtube video in a pinch. When I learned, my vet described it and then just had me try, because a) it's kind of a hands-on thing and b) it's really not risky as long as you're not using force against resistance.
 
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I've done a crop flush with a tube and i've also fed with a crop needle, and I have absolutely no medical experience whatsoever haha, it's definitely not as scary as it looks! It's a little daunting when you go in the first time but it doesn't take long to get the hang of it.
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