Managing your chicken business

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by Morning Dove, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. Morning Dove

    Morning Dove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure where this post should go exactly, but I'm wondering what tools people are using to keep track of their chicken buisness, weither it's selling eggs, selling chicks, selling fertile eggs, or chickens for meat. What free resources are available? How do you keep track of the cost of raising your chickens, and how do you decide how to price your chicken products?

    Dove
     
  2. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Quote:Would be interested in these answers, also.

    I intend to just keep a ledger on expenses, other than that I have no clue [​IMG]

    meri
     
  3. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    I do a lot of things for my chicken business.

    baby chicks is just keep track of how many I sold.

    Egg on the other hand which is my main product have a lot of things being followed. I keep track by the month of my expenses and sales and see how much I made/lost that month. For selling chickens I have to keep track of the expenses, age, and then at the time of selling I total all expenses and figure out the price. I use Quick books which came free on this computer to keep track of everything.
     
  4. ninny

    ninny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2007
    IL side of the QCA
    once i get mine up and going i plan on keeping detailed records of everything. quick books are good and software for breeding records are also available.

    http://www.zooeasy.com
     
  5. Chickending

    Chickending Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have created my own excel spreadsheets, I enter my costs, how many eggs I collect and sell, the meat birds everything is tracked and the formulas are entered in excel so it does all the calculations. That is what I do.
     
  6. Tikkajazz94

    Tikkajazz94 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I look at it and it looks like a good program,
    I hope it is one,

    I hope you have fun with it
     
  7. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    I plan on starting a ledger at the beginning of the new year [​IMG]
     
  8. wyliefarms

    wyliefarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2008
    Fowlerville,MI
    My daughter has the chicken business in the family.

    I gave her a check ledger to keep track of income and expenses.

    Things are going good. She has another chunk of money to deposit in the bank after purchasing feed today:)
     
  9. dreamgirl

    dreamgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Chickending--would you be willing to share? -- I have never figured out how to create Excell spreadsheets, but I can fill in #s! [​IMG] Thanks.

    Currently I use a really simple method--each day on my wall calandar I note how many eggs they lay and how many I sold. we eat and give away alot so the numbers obviously don't match. At the end of the month I put the total $ amount at the top of the page. I put all the reciepts for chicken expenses in a folder and at the end of the year add them up. Then I add up each month's sales and hope that number is greater ... Since I currently have 21 hens and am only getting 5-7 eggs (cold, dark, molting...), if I compared expenses to sales each month instead of yearly, there might be some homeless hens out there [​IMG]
     
  10. Leah-yes I know I'm crazy

    Leah-yes I know I'm crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Chickending--would you be willing to share? -- I have never figured out how to create Excell spreadsheets, but I can fill in #s! [​IMG] Thanks.

    Currently I use a really simple method--each day on my wall calandar I note how many eggs they lay and how many I sold. we eat and give away alot so the numbers obviously don't match. At the end of the month I put the total $ amount at the top of the page. I put all the reciepts for chicken expenses in a folder and at the end of the year add them up. Then I add up each month's sales and hope that number is greater ... Since I currently have 21 hens and am only getting 5-7 eggs (cold, dark, molting...), if I compared expenses to sales each month instead of yearly, there might be some homeless hens out there [​IMG]

    Here is a link to free online tutorial for excell from microsoft to get you started. It is a very simple logical program once you know what you can expect out of the program and how to get it done.

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/training/HA102189871033.aspx
     

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