Hi all, I wanted to find out what others think it is important to keep track of with regards to the flock. I have started setting up a spreadsheet in Google, linked to a form I use to enter the number of eggs collected. I'm tracking the number of sound eggs laid, number laid somewhere other than the nest, number of "bad" eggs, ie. eggs were bad before they were laid, not eggs damaged after laying (soft-shell eggs, for example), number of eggs damaged after laying (cracked due to freezing is the one culprit I'm seeing so far). I've also got a sheet that lists all my chickens, what breed they are, what their hatch-date was, "type" (hen, rooster, pullet, cockerel), their age in weeks, date-deceased, cause-of-death. I (think I) want to start collecting other information, such as the butchered weight, weight at 8 weeks, and weight at 16 weeks. Date/Duration of molt? My chickens were all hatched in mid-June this year - this is my first time raising chickens - so I'm not sure at all if there are things I ought to try to record that I haven't thought of yet. Other than a love of data, the reasons for collecting this information would be to allow me to compare the productivity of future generations, and make more educated decisions about which chickens to breed for the future, which chickens to breed them to, & etc. Also, a love of being able to look at my spreadsheets and see how I'm doing. My interest in chickens is all utility: in other words I'm not trying to create show-birds. I'm interested in their ability to provide meat and eggs for the table - my and my friends/families tables though, and not the market. I want to develop a flock that will survive well in my climate, forage for a lot of their own food, and avoid predation as well as possible. But that's getting off topic, except insofar as it feeds into the sort of records that are important for me to keep. I've found some other examples of spreadsheets both here and on the web, but in every case there's an attempt to collect data I'm not as interested in, or it doesn't track things I think are important. So I wanted to ask the community here: what do you think is important to keep track of?