Got a backyard flock? Eggzy puts you in control. We’re building easy-to-use-tools to simplify flock management and record keeping. You control how things work – whether you share, barter or sell your eggs, Eggzy gives you the information you need.
- If you’re a registered Eggzy flock owner, creating an Eggzy egg stand is fast and easy (http://www.eggzy.net/flockowners)
- Keeping an egg stand encourages regular usage of Eggzy tools – which encourage good agricultural practices (GAP)
- Egg stand owners can share flock info and egg availability with others easily by way of the subscriber feature (http://www.eggzy.net/help/#posting)
- Egg stand owners gain exposure from press and promotions
- Launching an Eggzy egg stand is free to create and free to use, so why not start (or update) yours today (http://www.eggzy.net/help/#customizing)?
* This post was originally published on September 24, 2011.
We speak to lots of folks who keep chickens and the degree to which flock owners’ track flock productivity varies wildly. Some flock owners track productivity mentally, taking note of things like egg count, color and size. Others we speak to go all out and create complex spreadsheets to track things like time of day laid, size, weight and location of each egg laid for each bird!
Keeping a record of your flocks’ egg production and laying habits is actually an important part of raising healthy birds. At a minimum, it is important to keep a record of the amount of eggs laid, preferably daily. As pointed out at farmingfriends.com “Poultry can stop laying and if you know the dates that this occurs it allows you to track any changes that may have occurred such as change in feed, weather, housing, lighting or the introduction of new birds which may all effect the egg laying of poultry.”
For us at Eggzy, we also believe in the many benefits of small-scale entrepreneurship that selling your eggs can enable. What Patricia Forman calls the Home Eggri-business. By tracking how many eggs you are getting from your flock today, you can determine how much you can expect to get tomorrow and next month and so on.
Why is it so important to track your flock productivity?
- Helps to identify disease or illness
- Helps to compare breed productivity – which birds are better layers
- Allows you to project how much you can sell and as such earn from eggs sales
- Helps to determine your return on investment from the birds
When you use Eggzy to track your flock production you’re accomplishing two things at once;
- You’re capturing important flock behavioral habits and gathering important information that will help you to manage your flock.
- You’re sharing your flock info with others who are interested in any surplus that you may have to sell.
Do you count your eggs?