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Weighing parrots

Do you weigh your parrots?  I had a call from one our readers who said she had found a couple of forums that were discussing owners weighing their birds.  In all the years I have been involved with parrots, I honestly can't recall ever coming across anyone who actually weighs their birds regularly, except some breeders who may well do so when rearing chicks.

When I have suspected any problems with my birds, I usually check their breastbone, as I feel the amount of breast muscle gives a good indication of how the bird is doing.  Hardly any breastbone protruding will indicate possible 'overweight' and a protruding breastbone will possibly indicate that something is wrong.  That together with the bird's general condition will, I believe, be fairly accurate as to its health.  Does anyone weigh their birds?

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