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Monitoring Growth Without A Scale

PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:23 pm
by Poggerna
We had a nice little USPS package scale that worked well for taking my Chihuahua's weight as she was growing up, but it's sadly gone MIA for months now so I am short of a scientific method of tracking my baby's growth.

So far, I've just been going off how much he's eating and how much he's filling out each day (definitely filled out quite a bit since I got him over 2 weeks ago) but his length has been about the same as last week so I'm just wondering if my tracking his fat pads is alright as a subjective means of monitoring growth or if there are better methods?

Presently, they changes I've noticed are:

1) shoulder pads being further out and more prominent (they were plastered against his neck when he first arrived

2) His jowls started appearing last week and seem to growing a bit at a time each day.

3) Head cushions are starting to pad out a bit.

4) Cheeks appear to be rounding out because I'm seeing more color.

5) Chest is easily visible now compared to 2 weeks ago; he's showing a lot of creamsicle there

6) Starting to notice more cushioning at the neck, a little under the arms, and near the base of the tail.

Do these sound like good progress for a 13 week old beardie?

Re: Monitoring Growth Without A Scale

PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:29 pm
by KarrieRee
You can get a kitchen food scale from Walmart-- one that weighs in grams
Karrie

Re: Monitoring Growth Without A Scale

PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:57 pm
by Poggerna
KarrieRee wrote:You can get a kitchen food scale from Walmart-- one that weighs in grams
Karrie


Yeah, the whole reason I made this topic is because I can't get one right away. :(

So that's why I'm asking if there's a decent subjective way of observing until I can get one.

Re: Monitoring Growth Without A Scale

PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:01 pm
by KarrieRee
An answer to your above post I would say yes as long as he's filling out and not losing weight
Karrie

Re: Monitoring Growth Without A Scale

PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:22 am
by CooperDragon
You can take photos that will show growth over time. Also as mentioned look for arms developing some muscle mass, thick looking tail, especially along the base. Fat pads filled in at the top of the head rather than sunken looking. Those are all signs of good health and growth to keep an eye out for.

Re: Monitoring Growth Without A Scale

PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:59 am
by Claudiusx
Measuring the length is another sure fire way to track growth. Even if you don't have a tape measure or ruler, just get something, and make a mark on it at the length your dragon is. And then in 2 weeks or so, mark it again with your dragons new length.

-Brandon

Re: Monitoring Growth Without A Scale

PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:16 pm
by Poggerna
I thought I had mentioned his length somewhere, but clearly not in this topic, oops! :lol:

I forgot to take his measurement when he first arrived, but I know on September 9th, he was 11 in (28 cm) per his listing and he is current 12 in now. What should his growth rate be at this age? He is almost 14 weeks old now as of this post.

Re: Monitoring Growth Without A Scale

PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:33 pm
by Claudiusx
As long as he is growing that is all that matters :)
Some dragons grow really quick, and some are more of a drawn out process.

The speed isn't what matters, what matters is that he is healthy, and being fed a healthy diet :)

You can get a dragon to almost full grown adult size by 6 months if you feed it enough. IMO, not the healthiest way of going about things.

-Brandon

Re: Monitoring Growth Without A Scale

PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:54 am
by Poggerna
Claudiusx wrote:As long as he is growing that is all that matters :)
Some dragons grow really quick, and some are more of a drawn out process.

The speed isn't what matters, what matters is that he is healthy, and being fed a healthy diet :)

You can get a dragon to almost full grown adult size by 6 months if you feed it enough. IMO, not the healthiest way of going about things.

-Brandon


Yeah, I've read that maturing faster isn't very good for dragons, which makes sense since early puberty in humans isn't good in the long run for the kid. I notice Ardie consistently eats about 20-30 large phoenix worms (with a few medium to large silkworms thrown in, and maybe some sprigs of greens) entirely on his own, which seems to be the lower end of how much babies eat. But he seems perfectly active and is pooping almost daily (twice daily is the average now, lol!) so he's probably eating as much as he needs if he always stops when he's full.

Re: Monitoring Growth Without A Scale

PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:38 am
by saraho
Charlie's first owner got him as a little guy. She had him in her first grade classroom and needed a simple way to show his progress to her students. They used a frisbee. She flipped it over and put him in it, as he grew it was very easy to see his progress. I took measurements when he came to me but I don't have a scale yet -- Charlie is my education animal at work, so the library would have to pay for it.