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Old 02-05-2019, 10:40 AM
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Re: weight...

Fidget, my 3.5 year old BFA weighs in at 402g.

He sure seems small compared to everyone else here. Maybe I need to feed him more junk food!

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Old 02-05-2019, 12:25 PM
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Re: weight...

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Fidget, my 3.5 year old BFA weighs in at 402g.

He sure seems small compared to everyone else here. Maybe I need to feed him more junk food!
Your guy has a few more years of growing. So, a bit early to become concern about his weight. You feed him Junk Food? Our Julio openly steals it!
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Old 02-10-2019, 12:51 PM
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Re: weight...

Hey everyone. Yes most Male amazons will gain about 10% in body weight during breeding season. Texsize,, 550 grams is on the slightly heavy size for a parvipes subspecies of YNA. Generally speaking it should be in the 500 gram range. Autopilia subspecies are generally much heavier. I have and had several males who had healthy weights in the 750 to 800 grams range.
Of course there is much cross breeding with domestic parrot breeding not only between species but also subspecies . It's hard to make absolute statements about birds breed in captivity as far as best weight.
Having a knowledgeable amazon person hold your bird in their hands is the best way to gauge healthy weight.
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Old 02-13-2019, 10:59 AM
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Re: weight...

Beginner here what is the importance of weighing your birds? And what is it you all use to do the weighing?
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Old 02-13-2019, 04:22 PM
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Re: weight...

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Beginner here what is the importance of weighing your birds? And what is it you all use to do the weighing?
Weight is important for health reasons. It is hard to visually tell if they are loosing or gaining weight. Either way its important to know to determine if the birdie is sick. Just like us humans..too fat isn't good nor is too skinny! I have a scale from Parrot Wizzard. Very accurate with a T stand. Other members devise their own with food scales etc.


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Re: weight...

Remember folks that for a weight to have any real meaning one needs to repeat it daily at first. Then weekly and for healthy Parrots and IMHO once a month targeting the same date. The best time is in the morning just after their morning movement and prior to food and water. Any other time during the day will result in variations.
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Old 02-14-2019, 06:10 AM
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Re: weight...

When my Sam was having trouble with fatty liver, his weight decreased to 480 gms. Had I not been weighing him regularly, I would not have known that something may be wrong. Once we adjusted his diet and put him on lactulose with milk thistle, everything returned to normal. His liver enzymes are now normal and his weight back to where it always has been. Weighing a parrot can be a great tool to show issues with their health.
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Old 02-14-2019, 07:58 AM
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Re: weight...

Excellent to know! You all mentioned health concerns...which I am learning on as I go. Do parrots typically go to the vet on a routine basis? We all know dogs should go once a year for vaccines but whats normal in the bird world?
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Old 02-14-2019, 08:40 AM
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Re: weight...

It is wise to do at the least,an annual "wellness" check-up and you MUST go to a CERTIFIED AVIAN VET!! (CAV). and not just "any" vet, or "exotic" vet. You need to go to a vet that specializes in BIRDS!
The vet will do a visual check of the bird..weigh him/her..check the vent area..manipulate the wings looking for any abnormalties..do blood work to check on certain things (just like our doc's do with us!) They may trim the birdies nails if too sharp..maybe do a little beak trimming.
It is also a good idea to have them do a DNA check. Knowing if your birdie is a he or she is good for the vet to know.
When Amy came home with me at four months old back in 1990 I "assumed" Amy was a she..well imagine MY surprise when during HIS wellness check in 2015 "she" was 25 years old then) I decided to do the test ( the test just takes a small amount of blood) that Amy is really AMOS!!

At a wellness check last year I found out Amy has heart problems,and he needs to take meds now daily that helps enlargine the arteries to his heart. It was found that an artery has plaque build-up just like we can get. If I didn't take him in for this wellness check,I would have never known he has this problem and he "could have" died at any time.
Now he is on his meds,I can literally see the difference the meds make. He is much more alert,more vocal,playful,loving and a trouble maker


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