Seeking suggestions for weighing chickens..

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sara1226, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. sara1226

    sara1226 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2015
    Northern Wisconsin
    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!!
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    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).
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    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.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2016
  4. Beer can

    Beer can True BYC Addict

    Aug 12, 2014
    Upstate NY
    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.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2016
  5. sara1226

    sara1226 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2015
    Northern Wisconsin

    What a cute picture! I will check out the Aldi store thank you!

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