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Daily Monitoring Weaning Parrot

Weaning Growth Chart For Parrot Life Stages

Daily Weight Monitoring

This daily monitoring is crucial to caretakers as the growth pattern will indicate the advancements to the next stage. Once the “plateau stage” is reached in this 1st stage of EPE, the chicks growth chart can be replaced with the weaning growth chart to record the weight as no more increase should be expected. It should be said that negative growth patterns (not associated with the expected gradual weaning weight loss) can also indicate a possible medical or nutritional problem. If such is the case, the nursery caretaker can be more proactive in making corrective changes.

weaning growth chart
The weaning growth chart for parrots is a practical tool to record and communicate with other caretakers the daily weight monitoring as well as the physical characteristics, feeding strategy implemented (spoon, syringe, hand feeding formula, weaning granules, etc.) and the primary lessons that will be integrated in the daily routine.

For proper monitoring of the chicks throughout the Early Parrot Education stages, chick identification bands can be used to differentiate between chicks that are housed together.

Healthy chicks thriving under optimal conditions should have empty crops (ideal for accurate weight assessment) prior to the morning feeding, whereas the crop, although expected to digest its content, may not be completely empty during the rest of the day prior to another feeding session. Emptying a chick’s crop for weighing purposes should be done only if you immediately require an accurate weight for a health assessment or chicks require their crops to be emptied due to a crop disorder. Techniques used to empty the crop content safely should only be performed by a skilled avian nursery caretaker or avian health professional.

Monitoring During Different Parrot Life Stages

EPE Stage One – Introductory Stage

Handling chicks at this age can be challenging as nails are very sharp; these must not, however, be groomed for the caretakers convenience! Furthermore, chicks are awkward to pick up due to their large crops, clumsy bodies lacking muscle and strength, resting most of their weight on the upper part of their bodies and so handling can be potentially dangerous for the chicks unless a proper technique is used. Pressure should never be applied to the chicks’ abdomen or upper body region when handling. Chicks should never be rested on slippery surfaces during weighing, physical exams or feeding. Handling should be strategic to minimize handling when the crop is not empty. For example, chicks should be weighed when the crop is empty in the morning then transferred to a clean chick bin and then fed in this respective bin to prevent handling with a full crop.

Stage 1 weight monitoring
When it comes to a heavier bodied species such as a macaw, it can sometimes be awkward to manage a chick and gram scale, but it’s important to make this step part of the chick’s daily routine.

EPE Stage Two – Pre-Fledgling Stage

As pre-fledged chicks mature towards the fledgling age, they gain more dexterity and confidence perching, and so a scale perch can gradually be introduced to facilitate weighing.

Stage 2 pre-fledgling weight monitoring
Pre-fledgling chicks cannot yet perch with confidence so weight monitoring must still be done in a bin.

EPE Stage Three – Fledging  Stage

Weight monitoring is combined with vocal and visual communication to reinforce the understanding of the commands Step-Up & Step down of the scale perch comfortably.

tage 3 fledgling weight monitoring
During the fledging stage, the first basic commands, step-up and step-down are introduced on a scale perch.

EPE Stage Four – Advanced Foraging Education Stage

Recording a fledgling’s weight daily is necessary to monitor the weaning progress and evaluate its health status.

Stage 4  step up and step down weight monitoring
Weight monitoring is combined with vocal and visual communication to reinforce the understanding of the commands step-up and step-down of the scale perch comfortably.

EPE Stage Five – Fledgling Acquiring Independence Stage

Once the fledgling has successfully reached the 5th stage of Early Parrot Education and the weaning has completely and successfully been reached without any recent regression, the companion parrot weight monitoring chart can be used on a weekly basis.

Stage 5 Independence weight monitoring
Routine weight monitoring is easy to fit into the routine when stepping up from the sleeping cage, down onto the scale perch in the morning.

EPE Stage Six – Feeding and Environmental Enrichment Stage

We believe the daily weighing is fundamental to ensure proper monitoring when a matured fledgling leaves for a new home. The routine learned in the earlier stages to step-out of the sleeping cage onto a scale perch to be weighed in the morning will also reassure the fledgling with a familiar activity.

Stage 6 weight monitoring
Fledglings should be weighed as frequently as possible since regression is common at this stage.

We invite you to learn more about this topic in the Early Parrot Education section.

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