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BYC Index of Abbreviations & Acronyms

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

ACV = Apple cider vinegar

AG = American Game

AGB = American Game Bantam

AGF = American Game Fowl

AMER = Ameraucana

ANDY = Blue Andalusian

APA = American Poultry Association

AS = Appenzeller Spitzhauben

ASOP = American Standard of Perfection

B.O.B = Best of Breed (not the rap singer)

B/L = Blue Laced

B/L/R = Blue Laced Red

B/S = Blue/Splash

BA = Black Australorp/Blue Andalusian

BB = Buff Brahma

BBR = Black/Blue Brested Red

BBS = Blue/Black/Splash breedings

BBSO= Black/Blue/Splash Orpington

BCM = Black Copper Marans

BF = Boyfriend/Bantam Fowl

BIL= Brother in Law

BIN = Buy It Now

BJG= Black Jersey Giant

BJO = Blue Jubilee Orpington

BL = Brown Leghorn

BLK = Black

BLRW = Blue Laced Red Wyandotte

BLW = Buff Laced Wyandotte

BM = Black Minorca

BMF = Blue Mille Fleur

BO = Buff Orpington

BOSS = Black Oil Sunflower Seed

BPR = Barred Plymouth Rock

BPW = Brown Porcelain Wyandotte

BQ = Breeder quality

BR = Barred/Blue/Black Rock

BR = Blue Red/Brown Red

BRC = Black Rose Comb

BRO = Brown Red Orpington

BS = Black Star (hybrid named by hatcheries, bird is a Black Sex Link)

BS = Brown/Buff Sussex

BSDW = Blue Silver Duckwing

BSW = Blue Silver Wyandotte

BSL = Black Sex Link

BTB = Black Tailed Buff

BTW = By the Way

BTW = Black Tailed White

BW = Blue Wheaten

BU = Buff

BV = Best of Variety

BYC = Back Yard Chickens (The website)

CBOF = Cantankerous Bag of Feathers

CC= Cushion Comb

CL = Cream Legbar

CL= Craig's List

CM = Cuckoo Marans

CMO = Chocolate Mottled Orpington

CO = Chocolate/Cuckoo Orpington

CPR = Columbian Plymouth Rock

CPW = Chcolate Partridge Wyandotte

CQ = Cinnamon Queen

CR = Columbian Rock

CS = Coronation Sussex

CSLW = Chocolate Silver Laced Wyandotte

CRD = Chronic Respiratory Disease

CW = Columbian Wyandotte

CX = Cornish Cross

DB = Dark Brahma

DB = Dear Brother

DC = Dark Cornish

DC = Dear Children

DD = Dear Daughter, Dear Dad

DE = Diatomaceous Earth

DF = Dear Father

DH = Dear (most times) Husband

DM = Dear Mom

DL = Down Low

DLM = Deep litter method

DM = Dear Mother, Dear Mom

DW = Dear Wife

DP = Dual Purpose

DS = Dear Son

DSD = Dear Step Daughter

DSF = Dear Step Father

DSM = Dear Step Mother

DSS = Dear Step Son

DW = Dear Wife

EE = Easter Egger

EE = Easter Eggers

EO= English Orpington

EO = Euskal Oilia

ETA = Edited to add

FAV = Faverolles

FBCM = French Black Copper Marans

FF = Fermented Feed

FIL = Father in Law

FL = Feather Legged

FOC = Free of Charge

FS = For sale

FTGH = Free to Good Home

FWIW = For What It’s Worth

FYI = For your information

GC = Golden Campine

GCM = Golden Cuckoo Marans

GF = Girl Friend

GB = Golden Birchen

GC = Golden Comet

GDW = Golden Duck Wing

GFM = Golden Feather Membership

GL = Golden Laced

GLBW = Gold Laced Blue Wyandotte

GLC = Gold Laced Cochin

GLO= Golden Laced Orpington

GLW = Golden Laced Wyandotte

GMO = Genetically Modified Organism

GP = Great Pyrenees (a breed of dog bred to guard livestock)

GPH = Gold Penciled Hamburg

GS = Gold Star

GSL = Gold Sex Link

H = Heritage Breed  ie=HRIR (Heritage Road Island Red)

HB = Heavy Breed

HQ Hatchery Quality

IB = Infectious Bronchitis

IB = Iowa Blue

IIRC = If I Remember Correctly

ILT = Infectious Laryngotracheitis

IME = In My Experience

IMHO = In my honest/humble opinion

IMO = In my opinion

ISA = ISA Browns

JB = Japanese Bantam

JG = Jersey Giant

JO = Jubilee Orpington

LB = Light Brahma

LF = Large Fowl

LFS = Local Feed Store

LG = Little Giant Incubator

LGD = Livestock Guardian Dog

LOL = Laugh Out Loud

LS = Light Sussex

MFD = Mille Fleur D'Uccle

MH = Mottled Houdan

MIL = Mother in Law

MO = Mottled Orpington

MPC = My Pet Chicken

NCD = Newcastle Disease

NH = New Hampshire

NHR = New Hampshire Red

NVM/NM = Nermind

NN = Naked Neck Turken

NSQ = Non Show Quality

ODB = Old Dutch Bantam

OE = Olive Egger

OEG = Old English Game (usually standards)

OEGB = Old English Game bantam

OP = Original poster

OS = Older sister

OT = Old Timer

P = Partridge

PA = Paint

PC= Pea Comb

PM = Private Message

POL = Point Of Lay

POR = Porcelain

POW = Pic of the Week

PPM = Platinum Poultry Membership

PPR = Partridge Plymouth Rock

PQ = Pet Quality

PR = Pair

PR = Production Red

PS = Post Script

PW = Partridge Wyandotte

RB = Reserve Breed

RC = Rose Comb

RIR = Rhode Island Red

RIW = Rhode Island White

RO = Russian Orloff

Roo = Rooster

RS = Red Star (hybrid named by hatcheries, bird is a Red Sex Link)

RSL = Red Sex Link

RV = Reserve Variety

SB = Sicillian Buttercup

SC = Single Comb

SF = Salmon Faverolles

SFC = Swedish Flower Chicken

SFH = Swedish Flower Hen

SIL = Sister in Law

SL = Silver Laced/ Silver Leghorn

SLW = Silver Laced Wyandotte

SMH = Shake My Head

SO = Significant Other

SOP = Standard of Perfection (in relation to judging birds against the particular breeds standard of what a perfect representation of the breed would be.)

SP? = Spelling Right?

SPPR = Silver Pencilled Partridge Rock

SQ = Show Quality

SS = Speckled Sussex

SSH = Silver Spangled Hamburg

SSS = Shoot, Shovel, and Shut up!

SW = Splash Wyandotte

TLDR = Too long, didn't read

TSC = Tractor Supply Co

TY = Thank You

UP-ACV = Unpasturized Apple Cider Vinegar

W = White

WB = Welcome Back

WCBP = White Crested Black Polish

WCP = White Crested Polish

WF = Water Fowl

WFBS = White Faced Black Spanish

WL = White leghorn

WO = White Orpington

WR = White Rock

WTB = Want To Buy

WTH = What the heck

WWYD = What would you do

X-BATT = Rescued Battery Hen

YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary



Forum thread for ideas, suggestions, additions, etc.

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Comments (43)

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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