Originally Posted by chickencowranch
How do all of you keep track of the eggs and there different stages of hatching when they are incubating?
What do you do with them after they hatch? Do you sell them to other breeders when they are older or keep them?
I have to ask. I think I would get the ages of the eggs mixed up eventually. and then wander what to do with all those birds.
Keeping track of eggs: I use Crayola markers. I put the breed and variety right on the egg. Then I put the information like the dates, tray location, and how many eggs are set, in the iphone. After they hatch I use a marker and put a dot on there head. I also have 4 brooders with 4 different colors of feeders, and waterers. I also put that indo in my iphone.
I usually have people call or text just asking what I have for sale at the moment. Usually I can find them something they want, or I will buy eggs and hatch them only to sell as unsexed chicks. Excess roosters that aren't good for reproducing go to auction/freezer camp. Roosters that show promise of being a show/breeder chicken I sell as part of a pair, trio, or quad. If I am feeling especially giving I will give them away to good homes that will use them for breeding, only if someone buys hens. I like promote purebreds with the Ameraucanas because I don't want them getting mixed up with Easter Eggers
After 12 weeks if they are staying they get a colored and numbered leg band. Up to that point, I know the hatchdate, breed, variety, and growth rate. I keep only the best to breed. When you buy a chicken from me I tell you the quality of the bird. The better the bird, the higher the price. Of course that is subjective. Everyone has there own idea of the perfect chicken, and some people don't care!!!!!