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Tube Feed Adult Goat Print E-mail
Written by Administrator-GL   
Sunday, 03 June 2007
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Tube feeding an adult goat is VERY serious stuff.. and can be very dangerous! Do not take it lightly!
** NEVER attempt to tube feed an unconscious goat!
(If at all possible.. go to your vet and have him show you BEFORE you ever need to know how to tube your goat)
But if by chance something catches you off guard and you need to tube now.. this is how I do it..

    Materials Needed
  1. Stiff Garden Hose(or section of garden hose works very well and reduces risk of broken teeth) cut approximately 8-10 inches long (length according to goat size) with both cut ends sanded so they are smooth with no burrs-this will be going into the goat's mouth
  2. A 1/4-inch to 3/8-inch diameter and 3-foot to 4-foot long piece of plastic tubing rounded off at the end Tubing- typically called foal feeding tube-OR a piece of 1/4 inch IV tubing- OR a Stallion catheter
    do NOT use regular aquarium tubing, it is too stiff and sharp it will cut the esophagus of the goat-do NOT use a garden hose, it is too big and can split the esophagus and kill your goat
  3. 35-60cc syringe with a Luer SLIP end (like a long hub- instead of a half threaded appearance)
  4. "Sharpie" felt marker- not the fine point -preferably black
  5. Measuring Cup with fine pour spout or funnel with fine tip

Have someone help you.. this is almost necessary! If you have no one there to help, then you need to place the goat in a stanchion, preferably with the head tied to keep her still.

Measure from the nose to the stomach (last rib)of the goat and mark it with the Sharpie so that you will know how far to insert the tubing to make it to the rumen.

Holding the goat steady will be your best friend at this point because she WILL fight you on this!
Place the PVC piece in the mouth securely but not so far as to choke the goat-(you can use a large sized syringe cover for this as well - one of the ones with the tip that is open) you will be using this to guide the feeding tube through the back-teeth area to keep the goat from biting down on the tubing and choking on a bit off piece of it.
The PVC will not be all the way in the goat's mouth..some will be sticking out the front.
(A purchased mouth speculum would be even better.. they are available at Jeffer's Livestock and other livestock supply catalogs)

Have your oil already mixed with the dry Kool-aid at hand- along with the syringe with no needle and the plunger removed.. have them ready to go.

Wet the end of the tube you are inserting and Carefully thread the tubing in through the PVC and down the throat more on the left side than the center-use your other hand to feel the tubing go down the throat. (With thumb and forefinger together - you can feel the tubing going down the esophagus under the skin.. **it is the soft pliable cord in the throat.. the bronchial tube on the other hand is hard with ridges much like a clothes dryer flex pipe leading out of the dryer.)

Click on image to enlarge
NOTE:Stomach in photo is NOT in perspective with goat, it is enlarged so that you can see detail..
Make sure the goat's head is not tilted up too far.. Only a slight tilt is needed. At the same time, keep the end of the tube that is out of the goat's mouth that you will put the oil into is always higher than the stomach of the goat.

Last Updated ( Friday, 25 April 2014 )
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