Post by ricospet2020 on Aug 10, 2021 20:46:27 GMT -5
Quick question.... Who here weighs their bird? I have a notebook and weigh Rico twice daily; once before I feed him in the morning and once right before putting him to bed. I keep track of his weight in my notebook. Helps me see how much he's gaining in a day and to see, if his weight drastically changes, if there's a trend or pattern. So, I'm just curious if anyone else on here weighs their bird and if so, how often?
I just put Casey on the scale and he weighs 94 grams. He weight has not changed much in 14 1/2 years. I think I remember him being around 89 when we first got him at 18 weeks
I used to weigh him more often but I think now it’s been a few months since I last weighed him.
Yeah I wasn't sure because I know not everyone weighs their bird. I've been doing it every day since I'm new at owning a bird and I want no more surprises than possible. lol I feel like I've been back in school cramming for exams as much as I've learned about owning a Quaker in the past year. lol I don't know what 14 years later will look like.. lol
I weighed Bonnie only a couple of times within the first few months we got her, at 8 weeks old (she is 9 years old now). I have to admit I never bother with it, because each time she's been to the vet - not often - they just feel along her keel bone and assess her muscle going to her wings and they don't mention her weight. It hasn't been a concern to date.
I only weigh Ralph two or three times a year. His weight is consistently between 110-114 grams. It's easier to visually determine if there has been any noticeable change in his weight, by examining his keel bone and his general appearance. It's pretty hard to get him to stay on the scale long enough to get an accurate reading. If there are specific concerns about a parrot's weight then more frequent weighings are a good idea, but otherwise it's probably safe to do it less often.
The coffee cup idea is an interesting one and could work with some parrots. I think that Ralph, instead of perching on the cup, would rather play fetch with it and the cup would end up on the floor. He might be willing to sit on something else on the scale, but I'm not quite sure what. Other parrots could be willing to cooperate like Casey does.