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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:07 pm 
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I wonder if somebody would be interested in discussing chicken records, and how best to keep them?

Many years ago I started with a bit of paper, writing down things like (date) “Globi has yet again gone broody”, or (date) “wormed whole flock with... (whatever):, or (date) “Croadie has laid her first egg”...

Then, about 8 years ago I graduated to a spreadsheet and a calendar on computer.
And it says things like Hysteriker, (date), prolapse. And I would like to have a connection to the (successful) treatment and the post on this forum I found helpful, and her recovery.... they don’t fit into the spreadsheet I created.

So now I speculate if it would be a good thing to make a proper database, so I could check up on quality of offspring and so on... (like this male is a stunning looking bird but 10% offspring has no leg feathering.)

There are many ways of keeping records, from having pictures of favourite pet chickens to sophisticated breeding records, tracking genetics.
Yes, I know, there are commercial programs available, but I don’t like them. They never quite seem to do what I want them to do.
I’m sure we could help each other with ideas on whatever level. And there are many free computer programs available.
It will be a lengthy process as I have to learn some programming along the way.

Just wondering how other chicken keepers do it, and if they would be willing to share?

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:25 pm 
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Well, Globi, I too would be interested to hear what others do.......
I have a notebook. (labelled "chook book") :)
Each bird as a number. As something happens to / with each bird, it gets recorded in the notebook on the page for that bird. Stuff like worming and events that happen to all of them get recorded elsewhere in a diary.......otherwise I would have to write it lots of times in the notebook.......... You can see problems with this already can you not?

Also, since mr O calculated we need 22 thousand eggs to pay for their accommodation, we record egg tally.... :rofl: Ha ha, and worming records also happen there.....

As a consequence, we know that a particular bird has been broody "this many" times and another bird matured early. This is all fine.

However, I think that if I had more plans than one lot of breeding, or more complicated matters to record, like who was bred with whom for what purpose, and whether their progeny met the imagined / desired outcomes, my notebook would not be adequate.
Sooooooooo, I too would also like to know what others do ?? :)


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:38 am 
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I'm very new to chicken keeping. I keep entries on my phone, sort of likes journal.

Chooks arrived this date. Such date this chook did this. On this date chook laid first egg etc. Such an such got wormed etc.

I often wonder if I should write it in an actual book

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:29 pm 
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Hi,
I normally keep my records on paper first off and do three assessments before choosing my chosen ones for breeding and showing. I input the 2nd assessment and update it on the 3rd assessment.
At the end of message I have put how I input them onto the computer in columns.
At the top of the page I put the year of hatching.
Then the sex of each chick in the first column. I then put down the breeding pairs no's against which birds I used if you know what I mean. You get to choose out of the four depending on what you use.
Then with the below suggestions I use abbreviations such as Pr (Poor) G (Good, Vg (very good) or Ex (Excellent)
I put colour of eye in as such as dark or light or medium. (D) (L) or (M) - I'm meant to have dark brown eyes preferably.
Then how many serrations in the comb. (1, 2,3,4 or 5)
Colour I use for the sheen as I have Croad Langshan which have the green sheen as to whether it is poor, good, very good or excellent.
Type I put in the same as above but will update when they go from 2nd to 3rd assessment.
Feet is usually for me the colour of feet such as pink, light spots or dark spots.
Type is the shape of the bird for me which I also put poor,good,very good or excellent or sometimes Gd-Vg or Vg-Ex or you could put G-Vg or Vg - E.
Status is the end result such C for cull, L for layer or B for breeder
Id No is the leg ring no which changes from 2nd assessment to 3rd assessment so I update.
In comments I put things to remember such as how many dark toenails or dark underfoot, twisted toes etc. If the spots on the heel and outer toe. Of course I abbreviate.
Faults I use to put down how many faults they have because for me three strikes and they are out. When I say 3 strikes I mean say they had twisted toe, light eye colour and very dark underfoot they would be a cull as to go into freezer or layer for backyard chook.
Location is the name to where I sell my birds to breeders or backyarders.
If you have questions then let me know as it makes sense to me but maybe not so clear to others.
Just a suggestion!!!! Regards Lana

Sex Cockerel Rooster Pullet Hen Eye Comb Colour Feet Type Status ID No. Comment Faults Location


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:30 pm 
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I can't seem to get the columns to show seperated so I hope you can understand what I mean as they all joined together.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:21 pm 
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Thanks everybody for their feedback.

Oh yes, very clear, Lana.
Similar to what i do, but more extensive in some parts. (I'm not a proper breeder)
Was just thinking yesterday maybe I should transform things like poor, excellent and so on into figures like 1, 2, 3...
Then I could do a table with type multiply by 5 and beak colour multiply only by 1, as an example.
Then I could get a figure for overall rating in a flash....

healzam, book is more easy to look at, but electronic records can be searched. And you can have a backup somewhere.
Do you have a computer?

Okaru, do you have a computer? By the way I gave up the total egg counting and feed bill, it became too depressing.... :-) But it is important to know who is a good layer and who is not.

Also, I have started to take lots of photos and stick them into the spreadsheet. Helps my memory.

Have to think about it all for a bit. At the moment I'm collecting the fields that I want to record...
Will certainly be back with more questions. :read

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:56 pm 
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Yes I have a computer but had to ask my husband for help.
As for worming etc I keep that in a book still.
I thought by looking at the photo attached to you if that is one of yours it is excellent

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:10 pm 
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Yes that's one of mine in the old vineyard block. Croads are ALWAYS beautiful.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:15 am 
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theres a lot of computer programs available.

http://standalone.zooeasy.com/en/


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:20 pm 
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There are actually not a lot of computer programs available. zooeasy is one of the few or the only one?
Do you use it, Ricky Bobby? (For this incredible breed in your picture?)
I love programming, even though I'm not very good at it, and want to do my own.

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