- Red rubber tube - 16" long. Flexible rubber.
- Clear plastic - 16" long and Red plastic - 16.25" long. Easier to insert because they are less flexible than rubber.
How to Use
- Be very careful to gently extend the animal's chin so that its neck is straight before carefully inserting the tube. If the light is good you can visually observe the bulge of the tube sliding down the neck. In bad light, we use our fingers to feel its presence. If you can neither feel nor see the tube, it may well be in the animal's hard hollow trachea and thus the lungs. Be cautious of this. If the tube enters the lungs instead of the stomach, pneumonia and starvation could result.
- Pull the tube out gently and restart it. The chance of wrongly inserting the tube is not as great as it may appear. Simply be sure that the tube is inserted in a straight line from the animal's mouth to its stomach.
- Continue to pass the tube into the stomach. The usual distance is 11 or 12 inches. You cannot pass the tube too far, but it is very important to pass the tube far enough. If it is in the correct position you will hear a gurgling sound through the empty syringe.
- Should the solution not run, the cause could be an airlock or possibly with older animals, the teeth could be clamped on the upper part of the tube. If an airlock occurs, slide tube in and out about 1/2 inch.
- Do not ram the milk into the stomach. We usually do not actually insert the plunger unless using thick colostrum which will not flow on its own. If the plunger is used, gently push the milk into the animals stomach.
Shepherd’s Choice® Management TipOn many farms during lambing time, one tube gets used over and over again without being cleaned or disinfected. Lambs that are being treated for scours or pneumonia should not be tube fed with a common tube. If you tube feed a sick lamb with a tube, wash it, disinfect it and let it dry before using it again. Keep plenty of tubes on hand.
Red and Clear plastic tubes are a little easier to insert because they're less flexible. However, when it's cold (Midwest USA cold), red plastic tubes are stiff and may cause injury during insertion (a greater concern with goat kids). Red rubber tubes remain most flexible.
Listed below are recommended optional components or related items. Your particular situation may require alternative recommendations. Please call and talk to our consultants if there are any questions at 800-282-6631.
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Michele M from Virginia
I love the clear tubes as i can see if i get a clog.
Kasey N from Iowa
I dont know which one I like best. Clear is stiffer and it help to warm and lube it by dipping it in the milk first.
William C from Ohio
Easy to use and works great!
Gayle O from Montana
I don't like it a well as the clear tuber as it is too soft
Corrine R from Washington
Bought to have on hand in case we had a weak goat kid who wouldn't suck. Was very happy to have it ready when twins were born premature and needed to tube the doeling kid. Compared to previous use of flexible catheters for orphan kitten, this tube was super easy to use. I really liked the somewhat stiffness of the tube for inserting. I needed a 2nd person to push the syringe to allow milk to flow, so this was a 2 person job.