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#1 2011-10-18 13:01:10

Susan
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From: Saskatoon, Sask, Canada
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Record Keeping

Thank you YH for pointing out that this topic deserves its own post :) as PG pointed out, not everyone wants to do this and that is is just fine. For those that do, let's compile a list here of what we are looking for. I record hatch date, parents, any issues with the hatch , percent hatch rate, any odd chick characteristics(leg colour, bent toes, head dot, etc), comments as the chicks grow, deaths/illness and if/who they are sold to. What do you record?

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#2 2011-10-18 14:08:37

Young Heritage
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From: Gainesville, Georgia
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Re: Record Keeping

How do you keep track of who is who? I will be growing out several hundred each year and I am sure I will not be able to tell everyone apart. =D


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#3 2011-10-18 14:56:50

Susan
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Re: Record Keeping

Banding is my first choice. You can get numbered bands in a variety of sizes- bit of a pain while they are growing, but the most humane IMO. Toe punch and wing banding can also be done.

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#4 2011-10-18 15:49:18

Island Girl
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Re: Record Keeping

I hate banding the little chicks but that is what I do as well. I don't use the standard chicken bands though. I buy the cheapo variety cable ties (I call them zap straps/zip ties). The are inexpensive and come in a variety of widths, lengths and colors. To remove them as the chick grows I use a very small sharp pair of wire cutters. The better known chicken bands themselves are so pointy and the chicks legs are so little I worry about jabbing them while trying to twist it off. I find the zap straps easier to work with and less expensive.

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#5 2011-10-19 12:56:54

Susan
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Re: Record Keeping

I think the zip ties would be a great idea. The bands I like are called bandettes I think. They are more of a thick elastic band. I agree- the spiral ones are so pointy and hard to get on and off.

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#6 2011-10-19 13:23:08

Young Heritage
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Re: Record Keeping

So if I use the banding method how do i track 150+ birds? They would have to each have a way of being distinguished from each other. I will be tracking growth rates among other things but with the growth rate it has to be for each specific bird. That would be a lot of different colors. =D I guess I could also use combination of colors. Just will use a lot more bands.


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#7 2011-10-19 14:26:25

Susan
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Re: Record Keeping

YH, I have seen the bandettes that come in all colours and each has a number. So say your first hatch could be green with numbers 1 - 150. Your second hatch could be purple, also number 1-150 and so on.

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#8 2011-10-19 17:01:49

Young Heritage
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Re: Record Keeping

That makes sense now. Where do you get yours from? Is there a type you guys prefer over others? I noticed the spiral types are frowned upon. :)


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#9 2011-10-19 23:52:03

Lisa
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From: near Arthur, Ontario, Canada
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Re: Record Keeping

You might want to look at Cutler's Poultry - good prices and nice bandettes. And you won't even have to worry about the exchange and duty! =D


When all else fails, go spend time with your chickens. :)

Pens are currently filled with Red Cuckoo (Marraduna) and Red Basque (Gorria) breeders, Spitz, and Seramas.

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#10 2011-10-20 01:03:40

Young Heritage
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Re: Record Keeping

Any preferred sizes for the EOs? Thanks for the info


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#11 2011-10-20 01:54:28

Lisa
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From: near Arthur, Ontario, Canada
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Re: Record Keeping

YH,

I asked Claire the same question recently! =D She suggested size 11, with the understanding that a really big roo might need 12, and a smallish pullet might need a smaller size.


When all else fails, go spend time with your chickens. :)

Pens are currently filled with Red Cuckoo (Marraduna) and Red Basque (Gorria) breeders, Spitz, and Seramas.

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#12 2011-10-20 02:09:00

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Re: Record Keeping

Sounds good.  Cutlers are the best! :thumbs:

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#13 2011-10-20 03:18:14

Young Heritage
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Re: Record Keeping

I will probably get some of each size since I will need to track them from the day they are born. I would think they would need a small size in the early days.  Will only get a small number of the 12s at first. Thanks again for the info.


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#14 2011-10-20 03:50:05

poplar girl
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Re: Record Keeping

I have size 4, 6, 9, and 11 I think. That pretty much gets me through all the stages. I really dislike banding the less than 1 month olds as their little legs are so small and they grow so fast you really need to watch.


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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