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Crop Needle Selection

What size crop needle should I use to feed my bird?

The table below gives a good guide to what size crop needle is suitable for different bird species.

 

 Bird Species  Bodyweight  Crop Volume  Needle Size
 Finch  12 – 20g  0.5mL  18 gauge
 Canary  20 – 25g  0.5mL  18 gauge
 Budgie  35 – 50g  1-2mL  16 gauge
 Neophema  40 – 50g  1.5 – 2.5mL  16 gauge
 Cockatiel  80 – 90g  4 – 5mL  14 gauge
 Eastern Rosella  80 – 110g  5 – 10mL  12 gauge
 Princess Parrot  100 – 120g  5 – 10mL  12 gauge
 Galah  300 – 350g  10 – 20mL  10 gauge
 Pigeon  300 – 500g  30 – 60mL  8 gauge
 White Cockatoo  600 – 900g  30 – 50mL  8 gauge

 

For advise on how to feed your bird using a crop needle please visit our Help Centre Article “How To Use A Crop Needle“.

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