One thing that breeders know is it is very important to keep your records about your animals, especially if you plan on selling your babies. Anyone who is buying your critters want to make sure they are healthy, well fed, and exactly what the breeder says they are. However, if you are not a big breeder, or this is your first season you haven't had time to deal with customers yet. Some people choose to keep things to the pen and paper because it is always readily available in your herp room, however some people prefer to keep things digital. How do you share these records though for people who want to buy your animals but don't buy locally? There are many different ways we will talk about to keeping records, but for those technological people a new website has been created and recently has added a mobile app for download to take your records anywhere: iHerp.
A very important thing to anyone that is going to be purchasing your animals is they they are healthy. This doesn't need to necessarily be just during breeding season either, but all the time. Keeping records of their healthy check-ups, feeding habits, bathroom habits, and more are extremely important year round. Whether you keep track on your own made printed sheets or prefer to use a database, you want to make sure when you are selling or trading your animals you have this information ready for anyone who is buying an animal from you.
Another important fact is to track feedings as well because you want to make sure they are fed regularly, or it is noted anytime they refuse food. This information also helps you remember when they eat and when they don't, instead of having to rack your brain trying to remember. This is going to be really important as your collection grows, not only for your breeders (if you decided to breed) but also for your personal pets. You don't ever want to let them go without feeding so having this information on hand helps to pinpoint just when and what they are eating.
Now, the big one other than having records for yourself: Customers. When you are selling or trading any animals, not just babies and breeding, but any animal in general the customer base looking at your animals are going to want to see these records. Think if you were on the receiving end and you had two animals to choose from: would you choose A) the breeder that showed you his animals and gave you word of mouth that his collection is healthy and can tell you that new baby you are buying has eaten, BUT doesn't have any pictures of it eating and records of the collection, bill of health, or anything? or B) the breeder that has a page specifically on the baby you want to buy with his sire/dam, the last days it ate, fecal matter and a clean bill of health, no mites, not problems, and can print it for your records?
Think about how you want to run your relationship with anyone in the herp community that you come in contact with based on how you want to be treated by them as well. iHerp is a great new online tracking that you can add all your personal and breeding pets into and keep your database online to be shared when you are ready to sell or trade any of your animals. Whether you choose to keep your records online or by pen and paper, remember its good to have a backup of all your information, and a way that if a customer asks for it, you can relay them the information.
Thanks for reading this week,
P.S. I pose a question for everyone reading... Do you currently keep record of everything about your reptiles, including feeding, bathroom activities, shedding, locking (if they are paired), etc? If so what method do you use: old fashioned pen and paper, or electronically? Lastly, have you heard of iHerp yet, or do you currently use it?
P.P.S A glimpse into our methods: We currently use old fashioned pen and paper, however someone directed me to iHerp and I am currently working on a backup electronically so that if we do have those that want records, I have them ready to print or send.