It can be hard to keep chickens, especially due to changing weather conditions. These days, many poultry farmers are turning to technology to help them raise their hens, chicks, and roosters. You may be surprised to know that there are a number of invaluable apps out there that can make poultry farming easier and more fun, too. Here is a review of some of them.
Stay informed about the coming weather with this weather app, so you know when you let your poultry wander and when you need to keep them safely in the coop. Features include accurate 7-day forecast, temperature and feels like temperature, humidity levels, dew point, pollen count, wind speed and direction and sunrise/sunset times. Wherever you are in the world, you’ll always know what to expect from the weather.
If you’re just starting out with your backyard poultry farm, this app will be your best friend. The built-in breed selector helps you choose which kinds of chicken you would like to raise based on specifics such as climate tolerance, temperament, eggshell color, mature size, lay rate and more. The color photo gallery helps you recognize different breeds and the coop planner will get us started with your brood’s housing needs, such as coop size, perch space, run size and nesting boxes. There’s also a food estimator to help you figure out how much feed and water your brood will need each day.
FlockPlenty—Chicken Egg Tracker
FlockPlenty helps keep track of your hens’ egg output and feed consumption with easy to read graphs showing daily, weekly, and monthly readings. You can use the digital journal for note taking and detailing your observations on your brood. There’s also a camera function so you can take pictures of your hens and chicks. All data is stored on your phone so it’s always at your fingertips when you need it, so you can quickly identify when molting may happen and keep an eye on fluctuations in egg production. The app is simple and provides an easy way to keep track of your brood.
Developed by Groupe CCPA, this app gives you a user-friendly indicator of whether your brood will begin to stress in your current climate. All you do is type in your location and the app will let you know if heat stress in likely depending on the breed of your brood.
This comprehensive app provides an overview of common diseases that can strike your brood, be they broilers, layers, turkeys or other poultry. Each affliction is described in easy to understand terms. The symptoms are outlined and the treatments explained. It also explains which birds are most susceptible to which disease and at what age they are most vulnerable. Diagnosis is simple thanks to the pictures of how each disease affects the birds.
Use these apps to save you time and make your poultry keeping more efficient.