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Old 06-09-2010, 09:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Weight question.

Okay- i just weighed wilbur on my dad's gold scale that weighs in ounces.

i had to put a box on the scale cuz wilbur doesn't fit on it. (i do have to get another scale).

the box weighs 0.640 ounces
with wilbur on it, the scale said 9.300 ounces.
9.300 - 0.640 = 8.660

I am not sure if this is accurate but can any body tell me if this is a good weight? i'm going to go to bed bath and beyond to get a food scale (biggest looser has a scale for $20.00)
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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8.660 oz = 245.506 g That seems to be a good size, since he is still young, but please get a gram scale.
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oh. i thought you weighed them via ounces. my bad. lol.
i think the scale also weighs in grams too. i have to see.
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Default Re: Weight question.

Nope grams is generally what people weigh in on here. You should be able to get a kitchen scale that will "zero" the box on top, that way you don't have to bother with doing math

But keep in mind it's hard to say what a "good weight" is without taking the hedgehog's size and shape into consideration. In my opinion, body condition is always more important than weight. A hedgehog could weigh 600g+ and be perfectly healthy and fit based on his body shape, whereas another hedgehog could be 400g but be obese because of the shape of his body and fat deposits. So really it all depends.

Weighing at least once a week is definitely important though as it can indicate the first sign of health problems...as well as tell whether or not you are feeding your hedgie the right fat content in their food. My hedgies for example were getting very chubby in the winter and had to go on lower fat food, but as soon as spring hit and they started losing weight (because of increased wheeling) I had to switch to a higher fat food in order to maintain their weight.
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