Company Crop tubes
designed to fit onto syringes with a "luer" fitting (this is
a standard plastic disposable syringe). The crop tube is made
from stainless steel with a metal crimp on the end to prevent
the tube from being inadvertently placed into the trachea (and
then into the lungs) instead of the oesophagus. The trachea
is much smaller in diameter than the oesophagus so using the
correct sized tube should prevent accidents like this.
the correct sized crop tube for the bird as follows:
-- Waxbills etc
16g -- Finches and Canaries
14g -- Budgies, Lovebirds and Cockatiels
12g -- Rosellas, Galahs, African Greys etc
8g -- Larger Parrots
food or medication remnants will harbour potentially dangerous
germs. It is impossible to thoroughly clean the inside of the
crop tube, so prior to use, thoroughly sterilise your tube by
boiling it in water for 10 minutes or store the tube in Enviroclens
a screw top jar. Ensure that the tube is full of the Enviroclens
solution. Enviroclens will remain active for up to six months
is a modern disinfectant that kills the bacteria, viruses, yeasts
and fungi that can harm your birds. Other disinfectants
are not recommended as not all disinfectants have an adequately
broad spectrum of activity to guarantee the safety of your birds
nor are most effective for more than a few hours. Indeed some
disinfectants are toxic and others are corrosive.
your crop tube.
instructions that follow are for a bird up to cockatiel size
that can be restrained in one hand. For larger birds the bird
should be restrained in a towel.
the bird in your left hand restraining the head with pressure
from your thumb on the front of the neck just below the mandibles
and your first one or two fingers around the back of the neck.
Restrain one or both legs with your little finger. Do not place
pressure on the bird's chest, as this will prevent it from breathing.
that the tip of the tube does not have any food, medication
or drips on it that could come off and block the airways on
the way down the throat or preferably use a clean tube only
and attach the syringe when the tube is in place.
the bird's beak and allow the bird to bite the tip of the tube.
Increasing pressure with your thumb on the neck should ensure
that the bird opens its beak. Alternatively for finches and
canaries have an assistant to open the beak for you. Roll the
tube over the tongue and as you do, the tube in your hand then
moves around to the front of the beak so that it is only slightly
on the left side of the bird as you pass it down the oesophagus
and into the crop. You may have to slightly twist the tube as
you pass it down. You should be able to feel the end of the
tube with your left thumb.
apply pressure to the plunger of the syringe to place its contents
into the crop. Do not try to overfill the crop. Withdraw the
correctly crop tubing is a safe
and effective way to administer medication and emergency nutrition.
If in any doubt about the procedure please contact your specialist