What is the ideal weight for a parakeet?
There are many different types of parakeets and therefore many
different 'ideal weights'. The most common pet parakeet is the
budgerigar whose ideal weight is about 30-40 grams. There are
dozens of parrot species that are referred to as "parakeets." The
most commonly kept species is the budgerigar (Melopsittacus
undulatus) also known as the budgie. Even within this species,
there are two main types: the larger, heavier, huskier-looking
English Budgie that is bred for show, and the smaller, more slender
North American type. The slender type, which is found in most
American and Canadian pet stores and animal shelters, is usually
between 30 and 35 grams when fully grown. Young budgies will be
smaller. If you have concerns about your pet's weight, you should
consult a qualified avian veterinarian. Some birds with health
problems may need to be weighed daily and your vet can teach you
how to do this.