Digital App: Tracking the Flock
How many of you keep track of the production of your flock?...How many of you would like too, but you need a framework that works, or would appreciate a little guidance?
I try to keep track of details...it's important to me, it's how I was raised.
I have been using an app on my iPhone for the past few months, and it is very nice for what I want it to be. The app is called Flock Plenty.
I have tried this app for the last few months.
I can keep track of:
-Daily egg counts
-I can include notes with each of my entries
-I can include images with my entries
-I can go back and edit any entry
-if I know hatch dates, The app will show me the exact age of my birds. Handy when determining sexual maturity and Age of Lay...etc.
-with a purchase of $4.99 I can run sales and expenses to determine profits and losses
As data is being entered, I can generate daily, weekly & monthly charts and graphs that:
-show egg production
-calculate cost per dozen eggs
-profit & loss ($4.99 fee)
I can also transfer data, between devices, iPhone to iPad for example.
It does have weaknesses though. If you have multiple flocks....pick ONE to track with this app. There is no provision for calculating flock efficiency, even though I can enter my flock in the program, there is no provision to allow me to enter the numbers of birds in my flock.
Without #'s of birds, how does one track flock efficiency...that alone caused me to rate the app *** out of ***** stars.
So there are a few updates that could be made....
After entering my flocks, at the time of this edit, June 9th, 2016:
-My 6 Welsummers are 10 weeks and 6 days old
-My current layer flock of Barred Rocks and Black Sexlinks are 2 years and 1 month old.
Interesting.....Edited by Rock Home Isle - 6/9/16 at 8:10am