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Where To Buy Backyard Chickens, Baby Chicks, And Hatching Eggs

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Chicken FAQ's - The Frequent Asked Questions of Raising Chickens

1.Should I buy pullets or straight run chicks?    Pullets have been sexed by the hatchery and are usually sexed 90% accurately. Most hatcheries or feed stores will refund your money or buy back the cockerels which exceed 10%. Straight run chicks are usually less expensive, but they are 50% pullets and 50% cockerels (more or less). 2.When can my chicks go outside?    You should wait until they are fully feathered to put them outside.Depending on the temperature, they can go outside when they are from 5 to 12 weeks old. Will racoons hurt my chickens?    Yes. Racoons... read more

Buy, Sell, Trade Rules

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Welcome To BYC!

Hi Peeps!    Welcome to website!   There are a ton of exciting new features and areas of the site for you to explore.  To help get started we suggest you watch this video that walks through the main parts of the site, especially the forum:         For those that want a quick idea of the different navigation options, here’s an example of the “Forum” list with notes on the various links and options:     Where are my favorite places? If you were a member of the old site, here are a few of the most popular pages and their... read more

Homemade Chicken Egg Incubator Designs & Pictures

The GopherBator toxo's Incubator als-homemade-cabinet-incubato chic-chick-bator         Elwood Lightfoot's... read more

Homemade Chicken Brooder Designs & Pictures

amferro103's Brooder mtullis's Brooder the-brooder-pen my-brooder         Purplegoanna's... read more

BYC Conversion FAQ's

Hopefully our members will familiarize themselves with our site FAQ's:   Of course, there are a lot of questions specific to the change from the old site to the new site.  Let's work together to list the FAQ's that are being asked and put them here with the answer or a link to the answers.   Conversion Questions: Will all my stuff be transferred?   Yes, everything will be transferred over including topics, posts, pictures, private messages, feedback, etc.  Only "buddy list notes" will not be transferred; however, a new... read more

Weasel - Chicken Predators - How To Protect Your Chickens From Weasels

  Weasel General Information and Description   Three species of weasels can be found in North America and Canada. The long tailed weasel, which is sometimes measure as long as 24 inches (61cm), the short-tailed weasel, which measures up to 13 inches ( 33cm) and the least weasel, which measures only 7 to 8 inches (18 to 20cm). The least weasel is often mistaken for a baby, because it's so small. Weasels are known to be slender and furry and usually have red or brown upper oats and white bellies. Sme populations of some species moult to a wholly white coat in... read more

Maintaining A Healthy Flock

  Chicken Predators & Pests   Adding New Chickens to Your Flock Chicken Injuries & Diseases   Keeping Your Chickens Healthy Egg Binding: Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention   Impacted & Sour Crops - Prevention & Treatments Chickens, Vaccines, & You   The Essential Quarantine 10 Health Precautions for Backyard Chicken Owners   Biosecurity for the Rest of... read more

Squirrel - Chicken Pests - How To Protect Your Chickens From Squirrels

  Squirrel General Information & Description   Squirrels belong to the large rodent order called Sciuridae. They are generally small furry mammals that are smaller than rabbits. The largest variety, the Alpine marmot, measures 22-29 inches from nose to tail. Squirrels have large eyes, indicative of a good visual sense. This is an evolutionary necessity among tree-dwelling animals.   They hunt in the daytime, except for the flying squirrel, which is more nocturnal. Most ground squirrels are social and known to hunt in packs, while tree dwellers are more... read more

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