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Baby Budgie Weights And Measures

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Weigh Away

 

I must admit that I had never given much thought to weights and measures and had no idea how much a budgerigar of any age would weigh. As happens with many things, my interest was initially sparked by a chance remark. The wife of one of the guest speakers at the Rare Budgerigar Club of W.A. was involved with the hand raising of several varieties of parrot. At the end of the show the speaker turned and asked how much a budgerigar weighed and how much they weighed at hatching. No-one knew!

 

An egg – weighing in at 3 grams egg3grams.jpg

 

This set me wondering and as I had some Birthday money hidden away I decided to buy a set of digital kitchen scales and weigh a few birds. As the scales are only accurate to one gram the newly hatched birds all seemed to be about a gram, maybe two by evening if they had hatched early in the day. This complies with data that we already have. Taking into account that a chick registering as 1gram could be anywhere between 1g and 1.99g and multiplying that by 28, because we are told that a chick will have increased its weight 28 fold by the time it fledges one would expect a chick leaving the nest to be between 28 grams and 56 grams. I have found that “small” chicks have weighed in at about 43 – 45 grams while the more impressive ones have been about ten grams heavier at 53-54 grams, up to 61grams.

 

A chick on the day of hatching –weighing in at 2 grams 1days2grams.jpg

 

Chicks in the nest box with good parents grow steadily until the time that they are due to fledge. Once out in the cabinet and fending for themselves they are likely to lose some of this condition, so their weight may drop off slightly until they have mastered the art cracking seed and being independent. If they have a conscientious Dad feeding and watching over them this will be less obvious than for those whose parents have moved on to the next round and ignore them. Sometimes older chicks may feed younger ones to their own detriment but by the time they are moved from the cabinet to a “kindy” cage most of these fluctuations will have levelled out.

Two day old chick – 3 grams 2days3grams.jpg

 

Obviously, to be able to make any decisive statements about this one would need to weigh hundreds of chicks and keep copious records, which in this short time I have not been able to do. Neither do I intend to weigh all of my chicks and get hung up on weights and measures but at the same time I do see having the scales as a useful tool. For example when I was hand raising three orphans who were almost at the stage of being self sufficient I weighed them regularly, just to satisfy myself that they were going in the right direction. At another time I weighed an adult bird that had not been well to see whether he had lost more weight. He had in fact gained a few grams – something that one could not tell just by feeling his keel bone.

 

Experienced breeders will often sense when something is wrong with a chick and it is not growing as it should. When checking adult birds for condition the flesh over the keel bone is always a good guide – the keel should be covered so that the bone is not sharp to touch. In an overweight bird the keel may not be evident – this is not a good sign!! Like Baby Milestones, weights and measures are only a guide, as every bird is individual and “normal” will cover a range. Some small chicks take on a growth spurt later and catch up to larger siblings.

© B.M. Rea 2008 [/b]

 

A six day old chick weighing 9 grams 6days9grams.jpg

 

Nine day old chick 20 grams 9days20grams.jpg

 

Ten day old chick weighs 22 grams 10days22grams.jpg

 

At twelve days this chick weighs 27 12days27grams.jpg

 

At 14 days this chicks weighs 35 14days35grams.jpg

 

At eighteen days - weighing 53 grams 18days35grams.jpg

 

Twenty nine days and weighs 61 grams 29days61grams.jpg

 

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Kaz, are these measurements for Show budgies? :rofl:

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Kaz, are these measurements for Show budgies? :rofl:

As Betty Rae says above there are variations and this is only a guide. I guess she based this on her own budgies...so show or pet ? Not sure...would have to ask her. I would say show.

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Wow ... Thanks

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*adds digital scales to shopping list*

 

Brilliant article :rofl:

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Kaz, are these measurements for Show budgies? :rofl:

As Betty Rae says above there are variations and this is only a guide. I guess she based this on her own budgies...so show or pet ? Not sure...would have to ask her. I would say show.

 

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