- 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.
Read all warnings and cautions on label. For livestock use only.
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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Stephen M from Tennessee
This esophageal tube has the correct rigidity to pass easily yet it has enough softness not to cause injury. Also in my opinion it is the correct length to ensure it is in the core place.
Dwight S from Iowa
Tubes are about useless because they are like a wet noodle.
James T from Minnesota
I’ve used these tubes along with a 60 or 140cc catheter syringe for many years to tube feed newborn lambs. An essential for lambing time. I’ve saved a lot of lambs with this combination.
Melissa L from Maine
I had the clear to see if there were clogs, but picked up the red tubing as it is better in the cold weather and more flexible.
Michele M from Virginia
I love the clear tubes as i can see if i get a clog.