It is time to take Ashlynn - and everyone - back to the vet's for their yearly exams. Ashlynn hasn't been to the vet's since last December.
At that time, the vet said she was getting a bit heavy, but that was when she was a baby and eating everything in her path as fast as possible. She didn't know when to stop eating and would stuff herself until she was sick if allowed, so the vet had me measure her portions. I actually give her a bit larger helpings now than I did then, because she seems to need them, but, to me, she feels like she is in a good weight for her body size. However, I will be taking her for a check up soon.
I took her to have her nails done not too long ago, and the folks at the bird store said she was in a good weight for her body size, too.
It is within the "normal" size for congos, but I am still surprised and, of course, concerned. I always worry about Ashlynn more than the others. She is such a nerd. I'm serious, she has no common sense whatsoever. I know she is smart because of the things she learns and says, but she is far from wise. My vet always says to remember that she is growing up so much more slowly than the other birds, so I guess that is it.
The vet makes strong recommendations about grey diets considering that most greys die in their 30s due to overweight and inactivity and the health problems related to those. Then I tend to get overzealous in applying dietary recommendations, so she may be somewhat underweight. I'm anxious now to get her in for that check up.