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Your parrots' weight

How much do your parrots weigh? Are they above-average or below-average when compared to other individuals of the same species?

How often do you weigh your parrots?

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I weighed my conure Ziggy, every day when she was little, but now a little less often.

She weighs about 72 grams, which is pretty average.

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I had been thinking of starting a thread discussing scales. I would like to purchase a set of scales that will work well for my birds. Does anyone have suggestions? I believe I should weigh my birds to monitor health, but do not currently do this, other than when I take them back to the bird store, where they will weigh them upon request.
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I had been thinking of starting a thread discussing scales. I would like to purchase a set of scales that will work well for my birds. Does anyone have suggestions? I believe I should weigh my birds to monitor health, but do not currently do this, other than when I take them back to the bird store, where they will weigh them upon request.
Digital kitchen scales are perfect - especially if they have a reset button. I can get our 'tiels just to stand on the platform to be weighted. For the budgies I put a bowl on the scales, reset it to zero and weigh the budgies in the bowl. If you have a t-stand you could also use that on the scales. Most go up to 3kg - 5kg which is more than enough for most parrots. Just make sure it goes up in 1g increasments.

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Kami is 95g and Lofty is is around 107g. Both are fine for their size though, Lofty's just bigger built than Kami. I tend to check their keel bones more than I actually weight them. As for the budgies, Misfit is 51g, Akio is 54g and Widget is 55g, which are all pretty much perfect. Gizmo is 62g which is probably a bit high, but she used to weigh 70gish, so it's a definite improvement.


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I bought my scales at Target for $30.00 .. they are kitchen scales... they weigh in grams or ounces and have the tare feature. They go up to 6 lbs....the price has dropped on them to $18.00-20.00 depending on where you see them...try Shopko. They are made by Taylor and are very nice accurate scales.
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Thank you both for your help regarding the scales.

Mythara, I didn't realize budgies were that large.
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Thank you both for your help regarding the scales.

Mythara, I didn't realize budgies were that large.
Mine are "English" or show type. The two boys came from a exhibition breeder so are a "better" standard, where as the girls are from pet shops. They're about twice the size of "American" or wild type budgies. =)


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My budgies are regular pet store budgies... my male is about 5-6 months old and weighs 34 grams... my female is about 12 months old and weighs 37 grams. I also have a 15-16 month old parrotlet who weighs in at a whopping 29 grams. As far as I know the 2 boys are both a little on the small side of average weights for their species. The female is average. ( I think)
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A good scale is on my 'to get' list for my birds. I don't want to spend a lot of money but it would be good know my bird's weights.

I'm not concerned that either are overweight.... as both are flighted, and get plenty of time to fly around the apartment. Kiwi doesn't fly a whole lot, but Jack sure does.
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