air in the crop of baby bird

my 14 day old budgies crop continually fills up with air. majority of the time, my budgie will burp itself, but i have found i have had to do it. how can i stop this continually happening. the degrees of the food is right and same in his enclosure. what else courses air in the crop? I really don't want this little budgie to die.

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Nov 19, 2011
air in the crop of baby bird
by: Anne

You need to get to an Aivan Vet as soon as possible to check the chick out also to show you the correct way to hand feed the chick without air getting into the chicks crop.

Nov 19, 2011
air in baby bird's crop
by: The Avian Vet

Aerophagia (swallowing air) can be caused by several different things. Pain, crop infection, and improper feeding technique are the most common causes. An avian veterinarian should see your baby as soon as possible.

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Dr B

Nov 18, 2011
air in the crop of baby bird
by: Linda

If you're feeding with a spoon, crop will continue to take in air. The best way to feed is using a syringe, and you push a little of the formula out before feeding the baby. That way, there is no air and only food.

I had the air problem back in the 70's feeding baby Cockatiels. We did not know anything about using syringes, and everyone fed using little souvenier spoons with the sides bent up to make a funnel. We always had to gently push the air up and out of each babies' crops during and after feeding. Make sure you're not using too much pressure when moving the bubbles up and out. It's like getting air bubbles out of a waterbed though you can't push as hard as on the waterbed.

If you've never used a syringe, you have to be careful about feeding too much at once because baby will choke on too much food at once. Feed a little bit and give baby a chance to swallow before putting syringe back in its mouth. Aspiration is the main drawback to syringe feeding until you become more skilled with it. Go slower at first, and once you get the hang of it, feeding will go faster. Put the syringe into baby's mouth from the side and not directly into the front part of the mouth. This also helps to keep from aspirating baby. Also continue to test formula on your wrist or inner arm. When heated and re-heated in the microwave there will be hot spots, so stir food up and then test it on your wrist or arm. When it is very warm, but does not burn you, you're ready to draw it up in the syringe. Make sure formula is deep enough to get the long tip of the syringe all the in and under it which will keep from drawing up air.

Thanks for writing and happy feeding!

Linda

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