Weigh Ins

Doing weekly weight checks is important in monitoring our birds health. This course is designed to teach bird caregivers the proper technique for weighing birds on a scale, including how to choose the right scale, how to prepare your bird for weighing, and how to record and interpret the results.

In addition, our course emphasizes building trust through positive reinforcement with your feathered friend, creating a supportive and rewarding environment for your bird during weigh-ins.
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Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of regular weighing for parrot health monitoring and nutrition management.
  • Recognize the different types of scales available for weighing parrots.
  • Learn how to use positive reinforcement training techniques to effectively teach parrots to enjoy stepping onto the scale and staying still.
  • Develop the ability to read parrot body language to recognize signs of stress or discomfort during the weighing process.
  • Understand how to build up to weighing a parrot on different types of scales.
  • Learn how to troubleshoot common challenges that may arise when teaching parrots to weigh, such as parrots refusing to step onto the scale or becoming frightened during the weighing process.
  • Learn the benefits of marker-based training, including its effectiveness in shaping complex behaviours and strengthening the parrot-caregiver relationship.
Lesson series


4 Chapers
3 Skills
10+ Videos
Lifelong Access
Meet the instructor

Rebecca Melanson

  • Registered Veterinary Technician
  • Karen Pryor Academy - Certified Training Partner
  • Fear Free Certified Veterinary Professional
  • Licensed Family Paws Educator
  • Living and Learning with Animals Graduate

Over 10 years experience working in veterinary medicine and 14 years experience working with birds. Currently Rebecca runs her own training service called Around the Flock and is working alongside DACVB resident Dr. Meghan Connolly to provide the best chance of success when treating behaviour disorders.

Rebecca's flock consists of Hodari (African Grey), Chino (Pionus) and Artemis (Cockatiel). 
Patrick Jones - Course author
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