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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,... read more

Chicken Health For Dummies Book - Everything you need to care for and keep happy, healthy chickens

Everything you need to care for and keep happy, healthy chickens   With directives on diagnosing and treating sick or ailing chickens, as well as general information on how to keep chickens in peak condition, Chicken Health For Dummies is your go-to guide on how to best care for and keep chickens.   Inside, you'll get everything you need to know about chicken health and wellness: an encyclopedia full of common and not-so-common diseases, injuries, symptoms, and cures that chicken owners may encounter. Chicken Health For... read more

Mushy Chick Disease ~ Yolk Sack infection ~ OMPHALITIS

Omphalitis Also known as Mushy Chick Disease & Yolk Sack infection   Omphalitis is a common cause of death in chicks during the first week of life and most common with artificially hatched chicks. It is a bacterial infection of the yolk sac. Various bacteria may be involved in yolk sack infection, E.coli, Staphylococci, Proteus, Clostridia, fecalis and Pseudomonas.               Understanding the yolk sack Growth of a chick begins in the small fertilized area at the top of the yolk. A network of blood vessels begins to develop spreading from the... read more

Step by Step Guide to ASSISTED Hatching

ps.... dont hesitate to pop on the thread and ask for help....  CLICK HERE FOR THREAD!   Educational Incubation & Hatching, w/ Sally Sunshine, learn everything from hatching to processing and so much more through questions and chatting!     ALSO there is a 9 1 1 - HELP!  stuff went wrong links from the thread HERE..       Step by Step Guide to ASSISTED Hatching by, Sally Sunshine Poultry BYC Member Interview - Sally Sunshine GRAPHIC PICTURES FIRST Why?... read more

Vent Gleet aka Nasty Chicken Butt

Vent Gleet  "Nasty Chicken Butt" The word “Gleet” derives from the Latin “glittus”meaning “Sticky” so “Vent Gleet” is “Sticky Vent”   Vent Gleet is a chronic disease of the cloaca, also called the "vent" ,"butt", or as my 5 year old sons suggests "The Tweeter".  Vent Gleet is also referred to as an avian yeast infection, cloacitis, thrush, mycosis and fungal Infection.  Vent Gleet is mainly seen in laying hens and much less commonly in males. In waterfowl, it may be associated with lack of access to water in which to defecate while swimming.   Vent Gleet is not... read more

Composting with Chickens

  One of the Many Benefits of Raising Chickens: Composting with Chickens           Recently delivered 30 yard dumpster of hay, shavings & manure - 8-27-2011   After four months of the chickens working the compost - 12-31-2011 (this picture was taken where those trees are in the first picture)       Regardless of whether you would like to start raising chickens or have been raising them for decades, it’s a known fact that chickens love to scratch. That’s how many once green fenced chicken yards become barren brown wastelands. If they... read more

BYC Mobile Site Quick Start Guide

How to Access BYC Mobile Be sure you're logged in Go to the homepage Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Mobile"   While we're in the final testing phases you will need to opt in manually to the mobile system.  After the testing is done we'll automatically switch you to mobile based on what kind of device you're using to visit the site.   First Look: The Mobile Homepage When you first sign in, here's what you'll see on the homepage.   Alerts notify you when you have new private messages, or when your... read more

Troubleshooting BYC Problems, Bugs, Error Messages & Other Issues

We've updated and moved this document to the forum.   Please read the information on this post, then if you still have problems, start a new thread in our feedback section with all the details mentioned in this post.   read more

Homemade Easy Cooler Incubator

 A few other links to check out for incubating and Care of little ones!  Hatching 101 ~ Guide to ASSISTED Hatching ~ CABINET COOLER INCUBATOR ~  Mushy Chick Disease  ~ Duckling Care ~     HOMEMADE EASY PEASY ~ INCUBATOR!!!We have hatched hundreds of chicks in these coolerbators!     Incubator IdeasCoolers, Plastic or StyrofoamStyrofoam Shipping Containers (Pet Supply Stores)Cabinets with added interior insulationWooden Boxes with added interior insulation Links to Homemade... read more

Caring for cross-beaked and other special needs chickens, including tube feeding techniques

This is a summary of the thread Caring for Cross-Beaked and Special Needs Chickens. Flock owners who have a chicken that is temporarily unable to eat may find useful information here on how to get extra nutrition into their birds as well. ---------------------------     Some of us have opted to take on the care of chickens that require a higher level of maintenance than other birds. These are a few of the tips that we have picked up and shared with each other. You may be contemplating whether or not to save that one little runt in your hatch group; hopefully we... read more

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