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Hello all, I like to weigh my chickens once a month to see if I need to make any diet changes for them and also because my I have Mareks disease in my flock so I also do it as part of a wellness check. (I love my chickens, they are our pets, not for dinners)

They have outgrown the little kitchen scale I was using and now I don't know the best way to do it. I tried holding them while standing on a human use scale and THAT was a nightmare!

Can anyone suggest a scale that works well and maybe where I can find one to buy?

Much appreciated, thanks!!
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2 Black Silkies ("DohDoh" "Barney"). 1 bantam Cochin ("Chickie"). 1 Barnyard Mix ("Mister Rooster"). 2 Rhode Island Reds ("Rosie & Ruby"). 2 Wyandottes ("Henny Penny & Ethel"). 1 Barred Rock beauty ("Gracie") 2 dogs, 6 fish, 6 shrimp, 2 frogs.. And 3 animal loving humans. 💜

(We miss you Pippi bird, Coco, DeeDee, & RooBerri !!)
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Your heart is in the right place, but a good body condition assessment is more productive than weighing the birds.  If you do feel the need to weight them you can either place the bird in a pillow case or other bag and attach it to a hanging scale (or fashion a "harness" for them) or invest in a hanging scale with a basket attachment (think produce department). 

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post #3 of 5

Large plastic bowl?

I suggest plastic as the tare weight of anything else might go beyond the scales capacity.

You'd have to acclimate them to sitting in the bowl tho.


Edited by aart - 4/11/16 at 4:33am

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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I got a 11 pound digital scale from Aldi's, seems to be very accurate and didn't cost much. Of course tare anything you use to hold them. Easiest I found to weigh them is in a paper bag. Just hold on them each side holding wings down, gently place them in and fold the top, as soon as they can't see they sit down and don't move, don't even wiggle.
They get used to weigh in's, I'm going to have to find a bigger scale, these should exceed it's limit soon.

Edited by Beer can - 4/11/16 at 5:05am
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I got a 11 pound digital scale from Aldi's, seems to be very accurate and didn't cost much. Of course tare anything you use to hold them. Easiest I found to weigh them is in a paper bag. Just hold on them each side holding wings down, gently place them in and fold the top, as soon as they can't see they sit down and don't move, don't even wiggle.
They get used to weigh in's, I'm going to have to find a bigger scale, these should exceed it's limit soon.

What a cute picture! I will check out the Aldi store thank you!
2 Black Silkies ("DohDoh" "Barney"). 1 bantam Cochin ("Chickie"). 1 Barnyard Mix ("Mister Rooster"). 2 Rhode Island Reds ("Rosie & Ruby"). 2 Wyandottes ("Henny Penny & Ethel"). 1 Barred Rock beauty ("Gracie") 2 dogs, 6 fish, 6 shrimp, 2 frogs.. And 3 animal loving humans. 💜

(We miss you Pippi bird, Coco, DeeDee, & RooBerri !!)
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2 Black Silkies ("DohDoh" "Barney"). 1 bantam Cochin ("Chickie"). 1 Barnyard Mix ("Mister Rooster"). 2 Rhode Island Reds ("Rosie & Ruby"). 2 Wyandottes ("Henny Penny & Ethel"). 1 Barred Rock beauty ("Gracie") 2 dogs, 6 fish, 6 shrimp, 2 frogs.. And 3 animal loving humans. 💜

(We miss you Pippi bird, Coco, DeeDee, & RooBerri !!)
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