On 4/17/11, AJ wrote:
> Hi does anyone have or know where I can find a weight chart
> for a baby blue and gold macaw. I have looked everywhere
> and can't find one. Thanks!!!!
That's because there is no such thing. There is no such
thing as a "normal" or "standard" weight for any bird of any
age. Whatever is normal for your bird is all that matters.
You find that out by first insuring that your bird is neither
over nor under weight. A vet, a responsible breeder or an
experienced hand feeder can help with that. All you need to
do is weigh the baby every day and keep your own log of his
weight. The gram scale can also help you know how much
formula the baby is taking each feeding. Weigh before and
right after feeding. Bottom line, what your bird should
weigh, at any age, has nothing to do with what other birds of
the same species will weigh. i.e. I have 5 Cockatiels who
vary in weight from 75 grams up to 105 grams. Yet all are at
a healthy weight for their frame. Just keep your log and be
on the alert for any sudden change of more than 10% in either
direction. One exception will be when the baby is near
fledging. It is normal for them to drop some "baby weight"
at that time. But again, a good Avian vet is your best guide.