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Why Join Back Yard Chickens? The Benefits Of Being A BYC Member.

Why lurk when you can have your own username and forum persona, and let us enjoy your company and that of your chickens?


Membership is, and always will be, FREE. We just want to let you know about all the great reasons for you to join us as a full-fledged BYC member:


Family-friendly Community of Chicken Enthusiasts


We have a strong sense of community here on People come here seeking advice about their chickens and end up making friends. We pride ourselves in maintaining a fully-moderated, friendly and welcoming community, where flaming, cursing and trolling are not acceptable. Since you can’t get away with chicken talk 24/7 around your friends, come here to BYC where other enthusiasts are always around to discuss how to incubate eggs, what treats you can feed your chickens, etc. So relax, make yourself at home, and enjoy the good vibes!



Get Specific Advice for Poultry Problems


We have several topic-specific forums dealing with chicken care. You can search our vast forums, read articles in our Learning Center, or post your own question and get quick informative answers from fellow members about raising chicksfeeding and watering your flockchicken behavior and much more. If we don't know the answer, we'll help you research for one, and, most importantly, offer you our support.





Show Off Your Birds!


They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and we love seeing pictures of everyone's chickens! There are so many ways to show off your birds on BYC, and you can be sure you'll get a lot of ooooh's and aaaahh's! We have a special forum dedicated to Pictures & Stories Of My Chickens, where we enjoy sharing fun anecdotes and photos. You can also upload your pictures to our gallery, and share them in your albums. You can even make a web page for your flock and have that indexed in our Chicken pages section, and have a chance to get one of your pictures featured on our homepage as Picture of the Week!






As a BYC member, you have access to contests and giveaways where the prizes include things such as gift certificates, Golden Feather Memberships, books, poultry supplies, and more. (Who doesn't like free stuff?!)







Speak Out


Our members share objective, detailed reviews of breeds and poultry products in our Reviews section, as well as in the forums, and industry leaders listen. We get feedback directly in the forums, as well as behind the scenes. Your voice matters, and BYC is here to let you be heard!







Make It Your Own


As a registered member, you can control your content stream here on BYC. By subscribing to specific forums, threads, and even users, you can create your own custom page and focus on your areas of choice. Coop improvement? Breed clubs? Hatching eggs? Create your own channel with your favorite content and set up email notifications in your frequency of choice. You get full control once you join.





Pure Fun!


You can get lost in all of the threads and topics on BYC and have a blast doing it. You may even stumble across ideas for something you never considered and then decide you have to do it. Put your own twist on it, then share it on BYC to inspire other chicken keepers.




Registering is easy - here's how!


To become a member at BYC, all you need is a valid email address and a password. Just click here for our quick and painless registration page.




Where the Cluck is understood -

We're crazy about chickens, just like you. BYC is where you can share your love for all things chicken, unabashed and without fearing criticism. Join us today!


Membership Upgrades - GFM & PPM

Membership to BYC is 100% FREE, but if you want to upgrade your membership to turn off advertising, and have other great features, click here!



Here's a video of how to use BYC as a member:

Comments (15)

I was never a lurker--I joined up the second I saw this site!
This should be on the HOME Page of BYC! So many lurkers!
Nice article! :D I was a lurker for MONTHS. I looked up chickens on Google Images, clicked a pic, and the link took me to BYC. After that one visit, I was hooked! I lurked as often as possible, reading the forums and LONGING to be a member. On a birthday, my dad gave me a laptop, complete with Internet. The first thing I did after getting an email set up, was join BYC. I love this site. I'm completely addicted, and have NO idea what I'd do without it. Thank you, BYC mods and admins, and Nifty Chicken, for keeping this site up and running.
I was a lurker for about 10 minutes lol. This is a great site, lots of info and help.
I was a lurker ever sence I was planing to get chicks and that was probably in January 2012 and then i finally joined in Febuary 2013!
I lurked for a week and then I had some questions that needed answers and then I joined and I have never looked back.
I wish I would have found this when I was a lurker for months, I'm glad I joined when I did. Nice article!
I wish I had got on here early I think it is fun talking about our flock and problems
Also this website is great for other bird fanciers too like peafowl, turkeys, ducks, etc.
The other bird forums are slower to reply to your questions and if you have an issue with a bird you can always count on BYC members to help out. I am a member of another bird forum and I eventually joined this one because I noticed it is more active.
I just love this site.  I have gotten so much help from the members here.  I don't know how I managed with out this site!!
I like to enter here, i get here a information about the fowl, and here always are very various nice pictures! I really like to see another farms!
I lurked for a few minutes (looking up information about chickens) Because my Wife wanted some. Once the few minutes were up, off to TSC we went. We purchased 6 chicks. Came home, and while she was setting up the brooder. I became a member of the great and knowledgeable BYC.
Same here , Was a lurker for about 5 min......even though I've been around chickens most of my 55 years I have learned alot since I've been on BYC , Great site and full of great info and great people.......
I have enjoyed finding the answers to questions and getting great ideas from others!
I was a lurker for a month!
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