Hi When the puppies were first born I used a digital kitchen scale with a bowl on it. As soon as they reached the 6 lbs mark I had to quickly figure something out. I decided to use a mid-wife idea. I purchased a digital hanging scale then I use a reusable cloth shopping bag (a mid-wife uses a cloth sling) and place the puppy in it. This method really helped solve the problem of a wiggling puppy trying to escape weigh in. It was way less expensive than the baby scales. The one I purchased was very accurate, I compared it to my digital kitchen scale and the vet scale and it was right on to the ounce.
When I did my search I made sure the scale had a tare function so I wasn't weighing a bag. You can search for fishing scales or even luggage scales.
I just held it or my husband held it. We are going to secure an anchored hook and chain from the ceiling that will be at a comfortable level for me to use on my own. My scale weighs up to 110 lbs. I... more
I use the same thing except it is from Dura Whelp's website and it comes with a mesh sling for the puppies. It goes up to 15 lbs. and does 1/10th oz. It is digital and you can also use a shopping bag ... more
I could never get it to '0' and get an accurate reading. I went to a baby scale because it was easier to just lay them in the basket for the first week or so than futz with the sling. I think I will... more