Papaya is acidic and helps clear the crop 'sometimes' when slow. I would
only use it in formula now and then.
When I use GSE it is only for 1 formula feeding a day because it eats up
the good bacteria along with the bad so it can't be used more than that.
If a day goes by without using it that's okay too. clik on the link to see
uses and ratio.
I don't use GSE for cleaning cages but I have used a couple drops in
veggie cleaning. For cleaning cages I stay with my 1/2 white vinegar/1/2
water always handy in spray bottles.
ACV I give to adult birds once a month. 5 drops in 8 oz of drinking water
just for one day. When nest boxes go up early spring I give the parents
to be that ratio for 3 days straight to help flush out any minor
bacteria. I might give it again for one day just before babys hatch.
time to feed these little q babys. fun fun
ps This next I posted on another group to a lady with a friends baby that
had air in the crop. Maybe you can get some good from it. No avian vet in
her area. sadly the baby didn't make it.
This could be a bacteria passed on by parents. If parents 'are' still
feeding other babys I would give them 2 or 3 drops of apple cider vinegar
in 8 oz of drinking water for 3 days.
If the parents 'are not' feeding babys I would give them 5 drops of acv in
8 oz of water for 3 days. Either way do this 1 day a month to help flush
out any minor bacteria as a preventative.
IF this baby and others were being hand fed could be temp of formula not
consistent. I feed at 105/107º. I heat water in the microwave for 25
seconds in a glass measuring cup to about 109º .. by the time I mix it
with formula it is down to feeding temp. Microwaves are all different on
timing. If too cool can cause crop problems. If too hot babys will get
crop burn. I check 'each' time with a meat thermometer. I truly never
guess or just check with a finger or on my wrist. (I did it as an
experiment one time and water was 120º) That's pretty scarey.
Could be the formula was too thick. This too will cause crop problems.
Washing feeding syringe with hot soapy water and rinsing well each time
helps also as it does to do with any hygiene issue.
Formula temp and body temp of babys work together to help digestion.
Brooder for a 10 day onward would be 82/85º if the house is about 72º. (I
don't have my a/c's going yet and today is in the mid 80's so I turned off
the heating pad for the afternoon. Will turn it on again soon)