I need a specific answer please as regards XXXXX XXXXX I had a green cheek conure
who was injured by an African Grey when he landed on the side of the Grey's cage. The Grey's cage is a commercial cage with thick square bars, The Grey is a rescue who needs a beak trim, we are allowing acclimation, the Grey could not get the Conure's head in a complete bite as he had to open his beak a lot to allow for his overgrowth & the commercial bars. The damage was severe but not life threatening. The conure suffered an injury to the corner area of his left eye, not pierced, & an injury to the right beak, far side near his eye which tore the beak away approx 1/8 in & pierced the air sac around the eye. I took him immed. to an emerg clinic, as it was Sunday, that advert. they treated birds. The vet there said she had been avian certified for7 yrs but had not renewed. However, she felt his head & said there were no broken bones. It was obvious that there was no bleeding & if any, it was minor. The main issue was the beak, the air sac had not become evident at this time. She called ahead for us to take him to another branch of their clinic 80 miles away. We took him & by the time we got there, his eye was pulsing with his breathing, & some bruising was evident in the white area around the eye. Mostly he seemed in shock. The vet said his frontal bones were crushed, in direct opposition to her colleague. Her plan was to put him under sedation the next morning to do an xray, bind the beak for healing, put a feeding tube in place & leave it there for four weeks. The tube was to feed to the crop.
The next morning, she called to say she could not find any broken bones on X-ray, did not bind the beak for breathing issues as she felt his right nostril was compromised or destroyed, the air sac most likely would heal fine but if not he would be okay. She put the feeding tube in anyway.
On Wed she called to tell us he was very active, doing great, she was surprised at his recovery & he was ready to go home. We picked him up, he was thrilled to see me. To fill you in, he was two years old, always on a pelleted diet fresh foods & veggies. He was greatly loved & a very special bird. When we picked him up, he was using the beak, talking & loving me. We took him home & kept him in our hospital bin with only a perch & his sleeping tent in it. He was given metacam for pain to be added to his food two times a day, 12 hours apart, .5 mg., and baytril, .08 ml once daily in his food. He was feed kaytee exact HDD 2.5 ml, with a small water push before & after to be sure the tubing was clear. She notes in his discharge papers he is using his beak & tongue. The muscles were intact. My instincts & common sense told me at the time it would have been much better to have fed him the kaytee by mouth with the syringe, but I paid her a thousand bucks and she was the expert, right? I was to feed him every four hours.
On Thurs afternoon, he changed. I felt the tube move oddly when I fed him & he fought the feeding, his stools turned black consistent with blood. This was five days after the injury that was head only & not bleeding. He began to stumble on my shoulder. I called the vet & she said to just watch him. He passed one green stool, then no more. But he fought the feedings. I told her he seemed too skinny. When injured he weighed 69.4 gr and when he left the clinic he weighed much less, autopsy shows no body fat.
Here is what I need from you. The feeding tube was supposed to be in the crop. On autopsy it was found to be in the esophagus leading into the stomach, not in the crop. Understanding that the crop is a storage area for food, and moves food slowly to the stomach for digestion, & also knowing that you can feed a bird with the tube placed directly into the stomach but with a much lesser amount pushed in at each feeding, I need some answers.
As the stomach is a two part process, a small stomach that starts digestion with enzymes and then passes the food to the gizzard to be ground & distributed to the liver, etc, how much would a person tube feed a small green cheek if feeding directly to the stomach? Also, as the bird is drinking water itself that is being provided manually, not through the tube, how can the water get past the tube & into it's system if the tube is lodged in the esophagus to the stomach? If a crop sized feeding, 2.5 mg, is forced into the stomach, thereby forcing it into the gizzard without the first step of digestion, & possibly on to the liver, can this cause a bird to bleed out, especially a bird who is in the healing process & whose system is compromised because of such? With the tube in the stomach, head blood would show in the crop, it could not get to the tube & stomach?
I am not asking for a diagnosis of the reason of death. I am asking if my bird could have possibly died due to the migration of this tube that was left too long. Not did it die but could it have.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary