How do breeders keep track of thier flock?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Citron_d'uccle, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. Citron_d'uccle

    Citron_d'uccle Chirping

    Aug 15, 2011
    Fort Worth, TX
    I was wondering today about how breeders keep track of thir flock for chick production. For instance, If a Rhode Island Red rooster is bred with a Delaware Hen, the chicks would be Gold Sexlinks (at least this is my understanding). But let's say the breeder has four or five roosters of various breeds as well as fourty or so hens of various breeds. How do breeders keep track then? I hope this makes sense.
  2. ll

    ll Songster

    separate the runs keeping certain birds in each? [​IMG]
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    All my roosters are in one huge pen (with the exception of a few breeds) and all my hens share a huge pasture together.

    Breeding is done manually in a separate breeding pen, so I know first-hand who breeds who and when.

    Egg collection is done more than twice a day, so I know who laid what.
  4. CapricornFarm

    CapricornFarm Chicken Tender

    Feb 1, 2010
    Southern Virginia
    Each breed has their own coop and run. If you let them out, only one breed at a time unless you are done hatching for the season.
  5. AFChick

    AFChick Chirping

    Aug 25, 2011
    Central NC
    First of all, by separating by breed at the very least- then I personally keep a hard copy (ledger) of breedings, eggs are dated and numbered etc. . And if a rooster or hen gets into the wrong pen (some chickens are part Houdini lol) that also is recorded and they are separated from their breed pen until they are clear to breed again- but that's just how I keep up with things:)
  6. ddroland

    ddroland Chirping

    Oct 15, 2010
    Eastern PA
    The best and easiest method is to wing band or leg band. Then keep a register of the parents and crosses.
  7. For those who keep track of their birds using a ledger, what kind of info do you keep in the ledger? I assume the obvious - hatch date, gender, ID and color - but what else? If anyone has a copy of their ledger that works for them, would you mind posting a picture of it or sending me one? I am hatching some Silkies in a couple weeks and am going to start breeding them, but would like to keep track of the birds starting at hatch to note how they develop, etc. to figure out who to cull. Thanks in advance!

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