Flexible feeding tubes

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Flexible feeding (crop) tubes suitable for use in small species

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Flexible crop tubes

Tube feeding, also known as gavage feeding, is an essential part of avian care. Sick and injured birds can experience anorexia, and glycogen stores may be depleted within hours in small species with relatively high metabolic rates, and so tube feeding is an excellent method to hydrate and give nutrients during critical times. If your bird’s body weight has significantly dropped (lost 5% - 10% weight) then tube feeding may also be appropriate. 

Feeding tubes are also particularly useful for administering medicine – you can measure definitive amounts and deliver it directly to the bird’s crop or stomach.  Favourable over metal crop tubes (which can cause damage if used incorrectly) these flexible alternatives are safer and easier to use.

The small feeding tube is suitable for birds such as budgies, cockatiels and larger softbills, and it fits onto standard syringe nozzles. The larger (red) tube is recommended for parrots and other large birds and fits the catheter tipped 60ml feeding syringes.

Tips for tube feeding:

  • Tube feeding should always be the last treatment performed after exhausting other treatments.
  • Most birds can be tube fed between two to four times daily.
  • Use a clean, sterilised tube should for each individual bird.
  • Should only be carried out by those familiar with both handling birds and carrying out gavage. 

Q. How can i clean the feeding tubes?
Flush the feeding tubes through with warm water and washing up liquid. You may also choose to leave them soaking in warm water in between feeds. 

Q. What are the sizes on the feeding tubes?
The small feeding tubes are 120mm and the large feeding tubes are 380mm.

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