african grey swallowed rubber tube on the syringe

by Ahmed
(Male, Maldives)

My, 6 weeks old, baby african grey parrot has swallowed the rubber tube attached on the syringe while I was feeding it. The tube was around 4 cm long. Will it be a problem for the bird?
I'm very much concerned, but I dont know waht to do. And here in my city we dont have vets.

Does the grey will digest the tube? Or what will happen to my grey then. Could you give me a solution please. Its been around 6 hrs since he swallowed it. I can feel the tube inside its crop. Tried to pull it back from its mouth but couldn't.

Thank you.

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Aug 04, 2016
tube swallowed
by: Anonymous

Unfortunately today my african grey (8months) swallowed rubber tube. Its not in the crop
Right now its with vet. I hope for the best
Plz pray for him

Feb 12, 2012
Swallowed rubber feeding tube
by: John

My African Grey swallowed the tube and I called my vet who specialises in these type of birds. He said I should turn the bird upside down and massage the crop to force the food out again. We did that and the food came out alone twice. The tube was suppose to come out as well but it seems that it was already inside the esophagus, which can be fatal. Will have to wait and see if it is going to survive. Unfortunately it is Sunday and all vets are closed, even for emergencies like this.

Aug 24, 2011
Bird with syringe tip in crop
by: The Avian Vet

You must get the tube out. It is not digestible and will cause a blockage and possibly death. You need the assistance of an avian veterinarian. You should not use these tubes because of this happening. I hand fed thousands of birds over the last 25 years and have never used those tubes. They are not necessary.

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