Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, FL Shown: Parrot Training Log
It's so important to weigh your bird and chart its weight for at least a complete year so you know the ups and downs of the seasons, weather, age, and more of your bird. So you know what is normal, what isn't and what is predictable. When your bird commonly loses weight, gains, and it's average "full" weight as well as its "working weight" for training purposes.
You should be familiar with the obese weight of your species, as well as the baby, weaning, adult, and flight weights of your species of parrot. What SHOULD it weigh and what SHOULDN'T it weigh? This helps you keep your bird healthier and happier and your training sessions and all interactions will be the best they can be with proper chart keeping on your side of things.Above is the chart I use. It has:
- The month/date
- Name of the bird in reference
- Weight in grams
- Motivation level (1-10)
- Trick I'm working on with that bird
I personally use the scale as number 1 means the bird refused to train and was completely stuffed on food and having a bad day regardless. Number 8 is ideal and where the bird is working perfectly. 9 and 10 tell me that bird is too "hot" or motivated, meaning TOO hungry. There is a perfect middle ground and your bird will perform badly if it's either too full or not full enough. Charting helps you figure out where that middle ground is, exactly.
Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.