Record Keeping for your breeder flock

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It's so important to keep organized as your breeding flock grows.  Record keeping is certainly not the same from flock to flock but we wanted to share some of the charts and checklists we use to keep track of things around here.  Hopefully, they will give you some ideas of ways you can keep better records at your farm as well. 

  • Hatching Record Chart - It's important to keep records of your hatch rates and dates while making notes about poor hatches so you can learn from your mistakes. 
  • Breeding Pair Records - You will want to know the hatch rate and type of specific breeding pairs.  This is a simple chart to get you started.
  • Flock Inventory Chart - Keep records of the comings and goings in your flock.  If you sell or purchase a bird, this chart will keep record of either who sold you the bird, or who you sold the bird to.  
  • Treatment Records - Keep records of the illness, treatments and symptoms of your birds.  This is helpful in keeping track of what treatments did and did not help and which birds are most commonly ill.
  • Income and Expense Chart - This may not be the most encouraging chart, but it is helpful in knowing when you need to cut back on expenses and to help you determine whether your breeding projects are just a hobby or if they've actually become a business for you.
  • Inventory and Price Chart - With the price of feed going up, this chart will allow you to both keep track of your current feed and supplies inventory while also keeping track of the rising prices. 
  • Show Results Chart - Even if you think you'll never forget the glorious wins you've had at a show, over time it will be helpful to remind yourself which birds won and how they did.  
  • Coop Cleaning Records - When was the last time you cleaned that coop?  The weeks  pass quickly by.  Having a chart handy will help you keep a more consistent schedule for the health of your birds and for an easier clean-out when you do the job.
  • Egg Collection Chart - It's important to keep records of the eggs you collect so if there is a sudden drop, you can look into the cause.  It's also interesting to see how many eggs you actually get compared to your monthly expenses which will help you know what to charge if you sell your eggs.
  • Egg Turning Chart - If you're old-fashioned like us and have a big, old incubator that still needs the eggs hand-turned, this chart will help you remember to get those eggs turned.  It may be helpful to laminate this one and use a dry erase marker and reuse it.  
  • Grooming Bucket Checklist - You don't want to forget any supplies for your grooming bucket when you head to the show so save yourself the rush as you're rushing out the door and keep this checklist handy and make sure you've got everything.
  • Master Poultry Show List - I have a master list for vacations and since often our vacations are to shows, I have a master list that allows me to forget less as I'm juggling birds and rushing out the door, sometimes very early in the morning before a show.
  • Medicine & Supplies Checklist  - When your birds get sick, it's so helpful to have the supplies you need on hand.  These are the supplies we have available in our coop's First Aid Kit.  
  • Poultry Show Abbreviations Pocket Guide - New to showing and get baffled by all the abbreviations?  Print this pocket guide out and use it for easy reference. 

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