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Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by SowdersHomestead, Nov 12, 2011.
What type of scale does everyone use when tracking weights?
We use a fish scale when taking a live weight and a hanging produce scale with the large scoop to lay the dressed ones in. Works out well. Or I can take them to work to package them and use a digital that can be found here http://www.quicksupply.net/p-28-detecto-as-330d-intelligent-scale-with-remote-display.aspx and seal them using one of these: http://www.jbprince.com/sous-vide-machines/vacuum-packing-machine-ultravac-250.asp
Which is great, but who wants to go to work on their own time?
Fish scale! Great idea! the kitchen type scales you normally get only go up to 11 pounds max and a people scale is normally wildly inaccurate, I've found, depending on what you pay for it.
Antique (ok, older than I am!) scale found amongst Grandfather's barn before he sold the farm.
A large size Rubbermaid tub (clear, so I can see what they're up to!) with no lid, but high sides so they aren't apt to leap out immediately - the tub is bungie corded to the scale so it won't flip. Weighs up to 25#'s - thankfully, haven't had to go that high with chickens!
I like this one because I can calibrate it (so the weight of the Rubbermaid tub is not part of the equation). And yes, I've tested for accuracy, it's very consistent.
I have a digital fish scale I hang a 5 gallon bucket from, then zero out to not include the weight of the bucket which I use for live weights on things like chickens and baby dwarf goats...all kinda stuff. Cost less than $20 at the sporting goods store...
I also have a digital postal type scale that was around $20 at Wally World...use that for dressed weights, soap making...all other kinds of stuff...
Thirdly I have a really nice digital Bathroom scale that I probably shouldn't take outside (and it never leaves the porch really) but I use that for the REALLY big stuff like turkeys...pick one up, step on, take "our weight" and step off...it's nice enough I can zero it out to NOT include MY fat self! HA! So no one needs see my weight!
One can never have too many quality scales...just too many prying eyes to see how much you weigh!