Imergency First Aid for BOP

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Imergency First Aid for BOP

Postby Tanin » Thu May 10, 2007 4:18 am

I found this useful post in IFF by some of very experiance member. I think it is good, but I don't think someone that not familiar with bird should do this as it might create more damage than good... Only someone with a sound experiance should consider this.

I have been asked to start a post on emergency first aid, so if anyone has anything specific to ask or want to know then ask away or PM me.

Firstly - crop tubing. I think this is the most important aspect of first aid, and there shouldn't be any real excuse why someone can't perform this simple procedure. To start with visit your local veterinary surgery and ask if you can have some old syringes (5, 10 and 20ml) and some old drip tubing to use as your crop tube. I'd imagine most would let you have some used ones for nothing but if they are tight as a ducks arse may charge you a few quid. At the same time ask to buy either a sachet of lectade (or similar) and a tin of Hills A/D - both have long shelf lives so should last for a while (again, prob cost a pound or two). For shock I give Lectade only, but longer term mix in Hills A/D to a consistency so that it can be sucked up into the syringe - a dose of 40ml/kg can be given upto 3 times daily but for short term shock only use smaller amounts (10ml/kg) and gradually increase upto the 40ml/kg dose if doing ok. To administer crop tubed fluids have an assistant hold the bird vertically, hold the beak open and slide the tube down the side of the mouth into the crop. The opening to the wind pipe can be seen as a lemon/slit shaped hole at the base of the tongue (avoid this at all costs). The tube can often be felt sliding down the side of the neck and into the crop - administed the fluids slowly. Obviously if the bird shows signs of regurgitation or coughing stop administering imemdiately (or don't attempt if it is unconscious). A good way to practice is on a dead quail or similar, place the tube in and you should feel it in the crop region. This will help save more birds than any other treatment and will hopefully keep them alive until specialist advice can be sought.

Preparation is the key and there is no real excuse for not having the equipment (costs pennies) in your hawking box. An aletrnative would be to mix half a pint of warm water with 2 tablespoons of sugar and use some of this to mix with a meat based babies food.
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