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Blueberry is 3.5 weeks old but is behind in growth and development. I realized lastnight that she had far more air in her crop during each feeding (leaving little room for actual food) and now believe this is the reason for her slow growth and constant crying. Poor baby is starving!! I have looked up online how to burp a chick , seen a YouTube video (which was no help because they didn't show actually how) . And have tried burping her with no success. Normally the air is burped out on its own between feedings. But it is making her unable to get a full feed each time. My oldest son has been feeding her while I am at work. I showed him how , how to check the temp etc.. He is doing it right . The poor baby's air in her crop today has not gone down at all so she hasn't been able to really feed since early this afternoon. This is frustrating to me because I just now got off work and the avian vet I need to go to closes at 5. It's already 5. I am not in a position to make phone calls during work. But I was able to text my son me check on her through out the day.
I've even seen a YouTube video on how to feed with a crop syringe. I do have some syringes with long tubing that I could stick at the back of her tounge and see if I can suck out some of the air? I don't want o hurt her. This is why I was gentle trying to push the air out , up her espophegus , but that didn't work. The air is both in her crop and on the sides up near each wing. I am sure it is in the crop. I don't think it's anything else. She doesn't have signs of yeast as far as I can tell. She is digesting her food quickly enough. It's jut so much air gets into the crop each feeding she is unable o get enough to eat , each feeding.
I am very sorry to hear this... This is why it's always best to let the parents raise the chicks (if they happen to do a good job at it), especially when one is not experienced in hand feeding. It's really saddening that your chick has been starving on an ongoing basis and that the growth has been compromised during the process, this chick must be very weak...
At this point in time, your best recourse really is seeking professional help from an avian vet specialist. The vet will better assess your chick's condition and depending on the situation will make the right call in terms of assisting the chick.
I'm praying for the very best outcome for your chick.
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You don't indicate how old your son is or what method has been used with regard to hand-feeding.
Why was the decision made to hand-feed the babies? Was there a problem with the parents caring for them?
The best possible thing you can do at this time is get the chick in to an Avian Vet as quickly as possible.
Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma. This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment. This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.
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If you had taken the chick to avian vet ASAP It is usually a simple procedure to clear air in the crop- actually there are a couple options that even very experienced breeders can do. This is not a procedure for a novice. Please, as suggested above get little blueberry to an avian vet ASAP My prayers go with Blueberry. Please keep us appraised of his progress. Best wishes, Jo Ann
Please do not attempt to use a crop needle or anything like that. You can kill the budgie by doing this. Only experienced people should attempt this.
Your budgie needs to be seen immediately by a qualified Avian vet. I hope you get the help needed as soon as possible for the budgie to survive.
Please let us know how things are with the little one.
Take the baby to a certified avian vet. I end up trying to save many babies a year brought to me in desperation, (often WAY to late) from people who think they know what they are doing because they watched a YouTube video. but they really don't.
What these people don't consider is that There is a lot more to handraising then being able to successfully feed. Without an experienced handfeeder to guide you through the ENTIRE process and help you learn how to correctly handle and prevent situations such as this very one. it is very dangerous and Costly to the poor chicks to attempt to raise chicks on your own. YouTube and the Internet do not replace learning from a hands on mentor. Handfeeding chicks is an art.
What you need to do is take baby to a vet. In the very least try to find an experienced handfeeder in your area that will know what to do and how to do it safely. Please don't wait. Your chicks life depends on it.
Just got to this thread, omg. Is Blueberry ok? Did you get her to the avian vet as suggested? Update please!!! Will be sending prayers and positive thoughts your way. Please take her to the vet if your haven't already!!!
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