I have been looking for a stomach tube for feeding new born kids but I cannot seem to find one anywhere. I looked in Hoegger's, Valley vet and Jeffers. Any ideas? I'd like to be prepared before springtime.
All of those places carry them, but they are called weak kid syringe.I have been looking for a stomach tube for feeding new born kids but I cannot seem to find one anywhere. I looked in Hoegger's, Valley vet and Jeffers. Any ideas? I'd like to be prepared before springtime.
I tried to leave this alone, but I find I can't. Unless you have someone to hold the baby, or the kid is comatose, the chances are very good that while your letting gravity deliver whatever is it you are tubing, the kid is going to be squirming, thrashing, chewing/fighting the tube, working it out, and at least part of the contents of the syringe will be aspirated. Once you get the tube in the stomach - depress the plunger and get whatever you're tubing in the kids stomach!Once the syringe is attached without the plunger, use gravity to administer colostrum. Once several oz of colostrum are down, wait several seconds.
Whatever you think. I've had kids that were literally at death's door that still thrash and fight a tube. Apparently your goats are much more cooperative than mine. Please spare me the condescending attitude.I have had to do it a couple times and the kid should NOT be thrashing while the tube is in the stomach. And, it's pretty easy to restrain a newborn weak kid. If it IS thrashing to where you cannot control it, perhaps you should NOT be needing to tube it, lol. As with everything, I never have anyone to help me and usually neither do other people who are tubing kids or lambs, it is perfectly doable alone and safely.
The kid WILL tend to fight far more if the tube is in the lungs.
I have learned ONLY to EVER use gravity in all situations - literature and in class while doing sheep management. Using a plunger is not suggested by any literature that I have ever seen, or learned in classes. What you end up doing is up to you.
ETA - I wanted to say that with really thick colostrum, I have mixed it with JUST enough milk to make it flow. Another reason I don't think I'll ever use the plunger is that I'd have to fight to remove the whole syringe just to refill it for more, around 4-5 times. Doing it all one handed doesn't sound fun. If you max out the stomach, gravity won't allow more to flow in... if you max it out with a plunger, you'll just force more in, possibly damage stomach OR have it backflow and aspirate. I usually end up tubing 8-10 oz colostrum to full size kid - and a 60ml syringe only holds 2oz at a time.
I didn't intend a condescending attitude at all. I apologize if that's how you took it.Whatever you think. I've had kids that were literally at death's door that still thrash and fight a tube. Apparently your goats are much more cooperative than mine. Please spare me the condescending attitude.