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Old 11-30-2016, 08:36 AM
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I have a four day old budgie that is small and looks like it was not being fed. Today I tried hand feeding it and noticed it has a solid lump in the neck and food is going into bird but NOT into crop. It is going straight into body. I believe the baby may be deformed internally though I don't know how it has survived this far. I have hand fed budgies as young as 2 days old before so I know what to look for. Never came across this though. Has anyone else? There are also 3 other very healthy chicks in nest. The crop shows no sign at all of anything going into it... not a single drop.

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I'm sorry you are having problems with this chick. I can't say that I have ever had a chick that didn't visually show a crop or that seemed to not be well developed internally.
If the tiny fellow has a blockage of food in the oesophagus/throat, then that must be why you are unable to feed it properly.
Most likely the food previously given was too thick in consistency and that resulted in the obstruction. When the mother budgie runs out of crop milk to feed the youngest chicks, they can at times feed them the whole seeds that are normally given to the oldest siblings and this will of course not sit well with the youngest chicks who are not yet ready to accept this food and will suffer from a serious blockage that can cause their untimely passing.
Given how serious and extremely delicate this is, your chick needs emergency assistance from a qualified and experienced professional.
Depending on the situation, it may be possible to remove the obstruction by flushing out the stuck food.

I'm sending my prayers for the very best outcome for your little one.
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Thank you for your reply and well wishes.. This little one did pass away.. I was able to flush some full seeds out of its throat but then it happened again. Once bird past i autopsied the crop and found quite a few full seed from its mouth to the throat... Another chick from same family hatched 4 days ago and I have the same issue only not as severe. I just got one large oval seed out by flushing it and have managed to feed it hand rearing mixture and put it back with mum... I will keep a close eye on it. Other 2 older siblings which hatched early and are now 9 and 10 days old are doing great.
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I'm sorry to hear that... Unfortunately, the odds were very much against the little one and a bad outcome was to be expected given just how small and delicate they are at that stage of development.
I have only had one of my newly hatched chicks to pass due the same problem and my efforts also proved fruitless.

It's good to know your oldest chicks are doing well and I hope your current 4 days old chick thrives as well. In order to promote the production of crop milk, you can double up on the egg food and also have millet spray readily available for the parents.

I'm moving your thread to the Follow-up Center section where you can continue to update on your chicks, especially on your current littlest one.
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Thanks.. The second one with the same problem is doing good... stunted in growth as the older two seem to be getting all the food... I am pretty much hand feeding it through the day and putting straight back in nest to keep warm... doesn't seem like mum is feeding this one :/
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I hope this little chick makes it!
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