Originally Posted by wingstone
How many of you keep detailed records?
I can only guess when asked the age of most birds and hubby thinks I should pay more attention to record keeping...I really can not give a head count..
Even in the incubator, I am sure if I kept better records I would see a pattern of what works and what doesn't.
Biggest question is how to do this, it is not like I carry pen and paper with me..
Hubby wants me to even keep track of the moving of birds from one pen to another
Wing... our 'tracking' is done on our chicken calendar. We have a large calendar hanging near our mudroom. Each day we mark things like # of eggs, date a broody is set with eggs (and what type) and/or if a hatch happens. Also documented are different incidents such as any injuries, new birds, # of meaties, any butchering, sometimes first eggs or first crowing.
We sometimes mark things like buying feed (type and amount) and any medications given to any animal (dogs and cats notes also on this calendar) I also printed off a 1 year calendar (I think time and date.com?) On that one I mark hatches and aging milestones such as 16 weeks, 6 months and 1 yr of hatches or groups. I transfer age info each December to a new calendar that hangs near our computer, it is just for quick references and allows me to see patterns in broody behaviors of some hens. Since we used to only have 2 or 3 hatches a year it was simpler... getting more complicated with us already having 6 broody hatches with 3 or 4 more to go already this year.
Find a big bank calendar or any other free one of decent size (think desk calendar size, and a business desk calendar would work very well for this) and start making notes. You can consolidate info each month or two to a ledger for referring back to over time. DH stashes the calendars and we have pulled them back out to refer to them a year or two later.