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#66493 - 01/01/08 01:05 AM Keeping Records
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For those of you who routinely keep production records, here is a copy of my totals for the last three years.

I have finished this year on a good note, having kept two nice SLW pullets from spring hatching 2006, and culling a couple of hens that were not so great. The statistics are also better because there was one less hen out of production this spring/summer due to broodiness. One hen with chicks has been out of production for 7 weeks to end of December, and another for the last ten days, so I can safely say the hens are laying better than last year and some of them are now in their third season.

Production for 2005 (yellow) = 793, 2006 (blue) = 769, and 2007 (green) = 1045


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#66494 - 01/01/08 01:38 AM Re: Keeping Records
Joachim Dippold Offline
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Registered: 02/28/06
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Hello Foehn,

interesting to see someone elses numbers, thanks! Say, how many hens did lay those eggs?

On a sidenote: your pic doesnīt work, maybe you can remove the space in the name of the file so it can be (hopefully) displayed here? It should be "seasonscomparisons.jpg" instead of "Seasons Comparisons.JPG". What do the colors yellow, blue and green mean, the years?

Best greetings,

Joachim

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#66495 - 01/01/08 02:06 AM Re: Keeping Records
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Lord of the Fowl

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Joachim, I'm a bit confused. If you can see the colours yellow, blue, green, doesn't that mean you can see the picture? There isn't a space in the url on my thread starter screen. It has %20 in there which I presume is part of the url. First time I have tried posting this way. For those who can't see it, I'll do it the other way.
My chart refers to 8 layers, 4 of which are 4 years old and in 3rd season of lay, 2 which are 3yrs old and in 2nd season and the other 2 are just pullets in first year of lay. The pale blue for january is the 5 eggs layed today.
Production chart Disregard this link if you can see the picture above.

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#66496 - 01/01/08 03:30 AM Re: Keeping Records
Joachim Dippold Offline
Lord of the Fowl

Registered: 02/28/06
Posts: 1823
Loc: Austria
Hello Foehn,

I was confused, too!LOL! I couldnīt see your pic, so I copied the link into another browser window and after retyping the filename I got it displayed, strange. I know that "the computer" puts in %20, eitherway thanks for the additional info! Only 8 hens? We had about the same eggs like you with 25 hens, cool!LOL! Interesting data, thanks again and

best greetings,

Joachim

PS: Interesting, I still canīt see your pic here, BTW. But thatīs okay, nothing to worry! I copied it to my harddisk already;-)

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#66497 - 01/02/08 09:00 AM Re: Keeping Records
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Registered: 10/27/06
Posts: 126
Loc: Louisiana
Wow, Foehn,

I am especially encouraged that your birds are several years old. I read so often that people cull their birds when their laying drops off at 1 1/2 years.

I notice that your 2005 chart doesn't start until a few months into the year. Is that when you first got chickens or just when you first started keeping track?

--Angelle

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#66498 - 01/02/08 12:30 PM Re: Keeping Records
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Angelle, you are quite right to note the March start to 2005. I started again with a group of 6 pullets secured in January of 2005, after some years without hens. Two of these I traded in August, as they are poor layers and went clucky early. They went on to become foster mums. The replacements were not so great either but were better, however I culled these two in 2006, when I knew I had 2 SLW pullets from those I reared. These 2 SLW girls began laying in July 2007.

I believe production birds can fizzle out after a short while, as they are bred to produce so much, I think they simply wear out, but good quality birds will endure for a long time. I expect to get many more years out of my current girls.

A few lifetime statistics from my oldest girls are:Little Nasty=387, Blackie=448, and Lenora (hen the vet diagnosed with Lymphoid Leukosis in November 2006 (not expected to live)) is still going strong at 474. She's a heart break really because she is by far my best layer, but I can't breed with her as she will pass the leukosis on, and I don't want it in any offspring. The vet injected her tumour (It was as big as a goose-egg) and it has disappeared. Fingers crossed on this one!

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#66499 - 01/02/08 03:15 PM Re: Keeping Records
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Well, this inspired me. We've never kept records before and what a good idea. And it just so happens today we got our first egg of the year, a duck egg, so let the record keeping begin!

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#66500 - 01/02/08 08:27 PM Re: Keeping Records
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Here's a little more data collated today.
It doesn't tally with the first chart because I found some egg totals for 2007 I hadn't included, so, I actually did a lot better than first thought ending the year with 1107 eggs. Notice the poor performance of Pickle, the RIR who has been the subject of other discussions on these pages.

However despite the fact she is so poor a layer, she is an extremely good mother, will take any chicks I put her way and when they are reared, they are extremely quiet because she is too. For this reason I will continue to "carry" her.

The other lower totals (under 100) for 2006 are because all those hens took time out raising chicks.
[img]http://lh3.google.com/Adjiduhmo/R3xhOMT2DBI/AAAAAAAAAVA/xcvDFp6jrMA/IndividualTotals.JPG?imgmax=576[/img]

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#66501 - 07/12/08 08:23 AM Re: Keeping Records
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Foehn
Are you using trap nests to record your hens production?

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#66502 - 07/12/08 03:08 PM Re: Keeping Records
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No, no trapnests. With only 10 hens, I know which hen lays each egg, due to colour and size and where they lay. Although there are only 8 hens on the above chart, I have 2, 8 month old pullets now producing also. I will update my chart at the end of the year to show all production for 2008.

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#66503 - 07/12/08 05:59 PM Re: Keeping Records
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Oh, just wondered. I keep pretty good records on hatching, and always would have liked to track egg production, but its just too hard with the numbers of birds I have.

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#66504 - 11/26/08 12:18 AM Re: Keeping Records
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I've just updated my charts for production this year and it looks as if averages may be higher.

What has contributed to this is not letting any hen stay broody this year as I do not need to replace any hens. So, no chicks frown

November is shaping to be a top month. I've just tallied the eggs for the month up to 26th and there have been 188. Still four more days to go, so this will change. Mind you I have two more hens (pullets) than last year, and they are laying very well. Since commencing laying in June, Jade and Topaz have laid 149, & 123 respectively.

Will update all charts and add them, again in January to see how I finished the year.

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#66505 - 01/04/09 03:35 AM Re: Keeping Records
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Ok, so here's my new charts which show 2008. You will notice the useless Pickle has not improved. She has had two clucky spells this season and is now halfway through moult, so production is low for her yet again. She is beginning to look like a cull chook. She might still have some value for someone wanting to breed some show quality RIRs. laugh




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#66506 - 01/04/09 04:26 AM Re: Keeping Records
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Too bad you're all the way over in New Zealand Foehn.... frown

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#66507 - 01/04/09 12:44 PM Re: Keeping Records
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I don't feel bad about that Jrsygnt. laugh

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