Do you use a chart or anything to keep up with your eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mommysongbird, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. Mommysongbird

    Mommysongbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are new to all of this and our 5 little pullets have just started laying, but we are still not sure who is doing the laying. [​IMG]

    Right now I am just marking on a white board calendar how many eggs we are getting each day. Our first day we had a WHOPPING 14 eggs, all white but 1, it was blue/green so I know it came from one of our EE's, just don't know who??

    Every day since September 9 (our 14 eggs day) we have gotten 2 eggs each day. Again, not know exactly who is doing the laying.

    We have had mainly white eggs, 4 green/blue and 2 pinkish.

    But my question to you is: Do you keep up with your eggs by using a chart of some sort?? How did you make/or find the chart? What is on the chart ie: egg color, size, weight, which pullet/hen laid, etc., ect.????

    Thanks
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    After a life time of doing this, I can keep track of up to a dozen hens by spying on them, making mental notes, recognizing the color, size and shape of the egg and assigning it to the right hen.

    After a dozen, I no longer can keep track. [​IMG]
     
  3. Atomic Ranch

    Atomic Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I may just keep a tally of all eggs, just so I can tell when they've recouped the cost of the coop! I have 11 hens, so hopefully too many eggs to chart with any diligence [​IMG]
     
  4. Mommy 2 Wee Ones

    Mommy 2 Wee Ones Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Because I have only 2 out of my 14 hens who are mature enough to be laying. I was not sure which girl laid the first egg on Sept. 1st., 5 days later we got the next egg, and 5 days after that the 3rd egg arrived. I thought it was the most mature hen Fiesta our BR, but I never saw her in the nest box. Then on Tues, there was a egg in the nest box before 8:30 am, and then again at noon, so I knew both girls were laying. Then yesterday, Baby Girl went into the nest box, and I went out a hour later & there was an egg, today the same thing, Baby girl was back in the nest box, and egg #7 was waiting when I got home. So I expect that Fiesta will be laying tomorrow.
    All I do is mark it on the calendar, if I know who, I put down who it was. And then I take pictures of them.
     
  5. sdeneen2001

    sdeneen2001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a frying pan to keep up with my eggs! [​IMG]
     
  6. Duramaxgirl

    Duramaxgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I write down how many eggs I get from each coop everyday on a calender. It helps to know if your production drops.
     
  7. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

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    If you go to I think it is eggzy.net they have a pretty neat program that helps keep track of who is laying how much and total cost of your eggs, etc.
     
  8. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    I use a calender too. From first laying right into spring to see any declines and generally keep a tally of eggs to feed cost.

    It's incredible that you had 14 eggs from 5 pullets in one day. Perhaps your partner slipped in a dozen white store eggs to surprise you. That would account for 2 eggs a day and the impossibility of a hen laying 3 in one day [​IMG]
     
  9. lollimama

    lollimama Out Of The Brooder

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    I wish someone who's smart would come up with an app for my phone for this.....[​IMG] If I were smart enough I would do it...but alas, I'm just barely smart enough to use my phone.
     
  10. ChicKat

    ChicKat Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Quote:X2 what Julie said. I enter my eggs on eggzy.net. (www.eggzy.net) From Eggzy, you can download all your eggs to your own computer (it would be .xls file format) Each type of chicken you have will show up as a different color of eggs on your egg stand. So your Easter Eggers would show up blue-green, your white layers white on the Icons. Eggzy makes a couple of charts too (bar chart and pie chart). They have the different designations in color to represent your different breeds. You get an eggs per month calculation and your average eggs per week. your cost per egg providing you enter your monthly costs, and also your cost per dozen. I like the graphics and the continuity.

    In addition to that---I jot on a desk calendar when I pick them up. -- I have a tiny jewelry scale and I weigh the eggs. (just analytical I guess). I write which of my hens laid the egg, and how much it weighed.

    I think that keeping track of your eggs, you will find that once you know a certain hen, she will lay close to the same weight with each egg. colors and timing are different hints of who produced the egg as well. Here's an example of what I mean. My GC lays first of my 3, she will lay just about daily and her egg usually is around or above 2.5oz. My smaller BPR lays a medium egg and it is usually around 1.9oz, sometimes 2.0, and then my larger BPR lays about 1.8oz.

    Added: Somewhere on bYc, someone had said his wife had developed an Excel Spreadsheet. They were offering a download, but the link didn't work. Wish they would make it available again.

    Congratulations on your chickens beginning to lay.
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2011

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