Metric Conversions - Articles and Information - Lady Gouldian Finch

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Several Bird Products are made in other countries. It is for this reason that some of the measurements called for in mixing the products are in METRIC terms. Since most of us in the States are not familiar with the metric standards, I get calls and e-mails regularly asking how to mix the products. I have found that quite a few of the products call for quantities to be mixed that are far too large for the typical hobby bird keeper. Below I am going to give you an approximate equivalent in our American measurements. Remember that these are only approximations. But I have it straight from the "horse's mouth" that they are close enough.

AmericanMetricAmericaMetric
1/8 teaspoon=.5 gram1 Cup=250 ml
1/4 teaspoon=1 gram2 Cups=1/2 liter
1 Quart=.95 liter

Note:
  • 1cc = 1ml
  • 1000ml = 1 liter
  • 500ml = 1/2 liter
  • "cc" = "ml" (on a hypodermic syringe)
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    Measuring 1 Liter and larger quantities of Milliliters (150ml, 500ml, 750ml) of liquid, I suggest you purchase a 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup (or a 1 cup if you find that you never mix more than 1 cup of liquid per day {250ml}). On the reverse side from the American measurements (ounces, cups, quart) you will find the Metric liquid measurements (milliliters). My suggestion is that you use the Metric measurements for measuring out your liquid water requirements, as they are easy enough to read on this large measuring cup; and there are no true equivalents that will be accurate between the two systems. For example, 1 quart is .95 of a liter. It will be near impossible to figure out what .95 of a liter is. Therefore, use the milliliter measurements (500ml, 750ml, 1000ml) for the water measurements and the American approximations I've given above for your dry measurements.

    Measuring smaller quantities of milliliters (.5ml, 1ml, 2ml) you will need a hypodermic syringe without a needle attached. I suggest that you use a 1cc or 1ml syringe instead of a 2cc or 3cc syringe, as it will be much easier to see the liquid for the smaller amounts. Below I discuss the various products that I am currently using and how to mix them using the above conversions. Most of them will need to be mixed daily, but a few can be mixed every 3-4 days. If you have only a few pet birds, you will probably need no more than 150ml of drinking liquid in any one day. However, this is will be dependent upon the type of watering system that you are using (dishes, bottles, tubes).

     

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