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    weight gain question

    Just curious if anyone keeps track of the weight of their BP from immediately before feeding them to right after their next *ahem* bowl movement. I'm wondering how much of their intake gets converted to actual body mass. Every time I see a stool, it always seems so small compared to what went in... thoughts? observations? actual numbers would be awesome...

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    Re: weight gain question

    I know a lot of people do this, but I personally don't. I just try to weigh them after a bowl movement or on "empty".

    There should always be less poo coming out than food going in, the idea is that they are absorbing the food so they can grow.
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    Re: weight gain question

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    Re: weight gain question

    I'm am going through this exercise at the moment with my new baby pied female.

    I weigh all her prey before feeding and record it on Degei. The plan is to monitor how much she eats over say the next year and once she hits about 1000g to weigh her after her poo. From there I can calculate what % of prey has been absorbed....

    To be totally exact I would need to weigh the poo and the pee each time, but I don't particularly want to do that
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    Re: weight gain question

    yeah, no need to be THAT exact...

    Quote Originally Posted by Bundu Boy View Post
    I'm am going through this exercise at the moment with my new baby pied female.

    I weigh all her prey before feeding and record it on Degei. The plan is to monitor how much she eats over say the next year and once she hits about 1000g to weigh her after her poo. From there I can calculate what % of prey has been absorbed....

    To be totally exact I would need to weigh the poo and the pee each time, but I don't particularly want to do that

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    Re: weight gain question

    hmm well i can tell you that my 09 spider has gone from 120g to 210 in 2 months.
    i feed him a mouse around 25g every 4-7 days.

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    Re: weight gain question

    I weigh every other month

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    Re: weight gain question

    IT seems like snakes retain about 25% of the weight of the food items it's fed.
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    Re: weight gain question

    They keep 10% of the food they eat as permenant w8. At leant that's what my science book says

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    Re: weight gain question

    Well I guess I'll do the math after 36 hours. Then after pooping.
    Weight now are:
    Normal: 134 grams, feeders totalling 23 grams
    Pastel: 104 grams, feeders totalling 17 grams
    Spider: 109 grams, feeder totalling 16 grams (might add to this)

    Spider just pooped so weight is prob in the high 90's or low 100's but I will go with 109 and the pastel hasn't pooped yet so will keep the 104 as well.

    Thursday afternoon I will weigh again when I clean the cages.
    Then by the weekend they all should have pooped so another weight will be taken.
    Final percents will be done then.

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