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BYC Index of Abbreviations

A list of abbreviations commonly seen at BYC:byc-abbreviations.jpg


A AGB American Game Bantam



American Game Fowl


B BA Blue Andalusian
  BA or Lorp Black Australorp
  BB Buff Brahma
  BBR Black/Blue Breasted Red
  BBS Black, Blue or Splash
  BCM Black/Blue Copper Marans
  BCW Buff Columbian Wyandotte
  BF Bantam Fowl
  BF Boy Friend



Brother In Law

Buy It Now

  BJG Black Jersey Giant
  BJO Blue Jubilee Orpington
  BL Brown Leghorn
  BLRW Blue Laced Red Wyandotte
  BLW Buff Laced Wyandotte
  BMF Blue Mille Fleur
  BO Buff, Blue, Black Orpington
  BOSS Black Oil Sunflower Seed
  BPW Brown Porcelain Wyandotte
  BR Barred, Blue, Black, Buff Rock
  BR Blue Red, Brown Red
  BR Bourbon Red
  BRC Black Rosecomb 
  BRO Brown Red Orpington
  BS Black Star
  BS Brown Sussex, Buff Sussex
  BSDW Blue Silver Duckwing
  BSL Black Sex Link
  BSW Blue Silver Wyandotte
  BTB Black Tailed Buff



Black Tailed White

By the Way

  BW Blue Wheaten



Blue, Black, Buff, Barred Wyandotte







Cantankerous Bag Of Feathers

Cream Legbar

Crested Cream Legbar

Chicken Coop Picture of the Week

  CM Cuckoo Marans
  CMO Chocolate Mottled Orpington
  CO Chocolate, Cuckoo Orpington
  CPW Chocolate Partridge Wyandotte
  CQ Cinnamon Queen
  CR Columbian Rock
  CS Coronation Sussex
  CSLW Chocolate Silver Laced Wyandotte



Columbian, Chocolate Wyandotte


D DB Dark Brahma
  DB Dear Brother
  DBF Dear Boyfriend
  DC Dear Children
  DD Dear Daughter, Dear Dad
  DE Diatomaceous Earth
  Dellie Delaware
  DF Dear Father
  DF Dear Fiancé/Fiancée
  DGF Dear Girlfriend
  DH Dear (most times) Husband
  DM Dear Mother, Dear Mom
  Dotties Wyandottes
  DS Dear Son, Dear Sister
  DSD Dear Step Daughter
  DSF Dear Step Father
  DSM Dear Step Mother
  DSS Dear Step Son



Dear (most times) Wife








Easter Egger

Euskal Oilia, Essential Oil

Edited To Add






French Black Copper Marans

Fermented Feed

Father in Law

  FSDW Fawn Silver Duckwing



For What Its Worth


G GB Golden Birchen
  GC Golden Comet
  GDW Golden Duck Wing
  GF Girl Friend
  GFM Golden Feather Membership
  GLBW Gold Laced Blue Wyandotte
  GLO Golden Laced Orpington
  GLW Golden Laced Wyandotte
  GMO Genetically Modified Organism
  GPH Gold Penciled Hamburg
  GS Gold Star
  GS Golden Sussex



Gold Sex Link






Hatchery Quality


I IMHO In My Humble Opinion



In My Opinion


J JB or Jap Japanese Bantam
  JG Jersey Giant



Jubilee Orpington


L LB Lemon Blue
  LB Light Brahma
  LBL Light Brown Leghorn
  LCO Lemon Cuckoo
  LF Large Fowl
  LO Lavender Orpington



Light Sussex, Lavender Sussex


M MF Mille Fleur
  MFW Mille Fleur Wyandotte
  MG Mealy Gray
  MIL Mother in Law



Mottled Orpington







Non Show Quality






Old Dutch Bantam

Olive Egger

  OEG Old English Game (usually standard)
  OEGB Old English Game Bantam








Point of Lay

Picture of the Week

  PPM Platinum Poultry Membership
  PQ Pet Quality
  PR Partridge Rock
  PR Plymouth Rock
  PR Production Red



Partridge, Pyle Wyandotte


R RIR Rhode Island Red
  RIW Rhode Island White
  RP Red Pyle
  RQ Red Quill
  RS Red Sussex



Red Sex Link


S SB Self Blue, Silver Birchen
  SB Sicilian Buttercup
  Scovy Muscovy duck
  SDW Silver Duck Wing



Salmon Faverolles

Swedish Flower Hen

  SIL Sister in Law
  SL Silver Leghorn
  SLO Silver Laced Orpington
  SLW Silver Laced Wyandotte
  SO Significant Other
  SO Splash Orpington
  SPR Silver Penciled Rock
  SPW Silver Penciled Wyandotte
  SQ Show Quality
  SQ Silver Quill
  SS Speckled Sussex, Silver Sussex
  SSS Shoot, Shovel, Shut Up



Splash Wyandotte






Violet Laced Wyandotte


W WCBP White Crested Black/Blue Polish
  Wellie Welsummer
  WJG White Jersey Giant
  WLH White Leghorn
  WO White Orpington
  WR White Rock
  WTB Wanted To Buy
  WTB White Tailed Buff



White Wyandotte




X2 (and up)


Agreed with, ditto


Y YS Yellow Sussex



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Comments (41)

This is great! Thanks.
I usually just guessed what breeds people were talking about...back then... Thanks so much Loth!!
Glad it's a help to you both! Remember... If you have any suggestions/additions tell us on the thread! :)
Wow, nice list Lotheriel. I've often wondered but seldom dared ask what the letter mean, since everyone seems to know but me! Thanks a bunch.
Great list. Sure is a help to newbies like myself. Now I can check the list instead of just wondering or guessing. Thanks!
Thank you for this list! I am totally with you Marty, I never know what the abbreviations mean on any forum and find myself having to read halfway through something before I know who or what someone is talking about.
what is ICQ on my editing while I'm asking, what is "MY coop" and "jabber" used for :-D thank you for your list, I'm sure I will refer back often.
Very nice, thank you :)
What does "POW" mean on this website???
Thanks! the only ones I caught onto were BYC, RIR, and BR, and I was very puzzled about DD,DW,DH,DS,ect.
I am with Nana, what does POW mean?
Wow! Thanks so much for making this up for all of us to use! Very helpful!
What is the answer to "What does POW mean???"
Like you, I am still guessing. Perhaps Pride of Workmanship? Hopefully some moderator or other person will help us noobs
I think it means "Picture Of the Week"~since no one answered the question, I did some research. :)
What does ""BIN" mean in the for sale/trade section?
Wow... I never check my pages for comments... Sorry folks! But yes, NanaArizona is correct. POW stands for Picture of the Week.
Lady Ressler, I don't frequent the BST section so I'm really not sure what BIN stands for. Sorry I can't help with that!
mamabear66, I've no idea what ICQ is for, but the Jabber section is a place where you can put a little blurb, whatever you want. The My Coop space is where you can link to your coop page.
Lady Ressler- "BIN" means Buy It Now (rather than bidding on it like in an auction)
Lothiriel, perhaps you could add to the list ETA (Edited To Add)
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