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BYC is a very diverse website with a ton of great features and sections.  With a lot of features and sections come a lot of questions.  Hopefully the questions and answers in this thread will help our members find what they are looking for!

 

First we encourage you to review the following:

 

  1. Required & Suggested Reading
  2. The "Welcome To BYC"

  3. Site-wide FAQ’s

  4. Terms of Service (Rules)

 

General Forum FAQs

 

Q:  I'm having technical problems and/or I'm getting errors on the site, what do I do?

A:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/troubleshooting-byc-problems-bugs-error-messages-other-issues

 

Q:  I'm having Trouble Logging In or Changing My Forum Password or Email

A:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/280709/help-trouble-logging-in-changing-your-forum-password-or-email

 

Q: How do I use the Buy/Sell/Trade (Auction)?                           

A:  First, you must be at least 18 years old and agree to our BST rules to participate.  Note: to "agree" you simply use the system, you don't have to do anything else.  To post an item for sale you must have at least 20 posts.  You can find more info here.  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/buy-sell-trade-bst-faqs

 

Q: How do I post pictures on the forum? On my BYC page?
A:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/inserting-pics-in-on-the-new-byc

 

 

Q: How Do I Add An Avatar (picture) To My Profile? 

A: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-do-i-add-change-my-avatar

 

 

Q: What Are Golden Feather Members? What are Platinum members?  (GFM's & PPM's)?                        
A:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/byc-memberships-help-support-backyardchickens

 

Q: How Can I Turn Off Advertising / Advertisements On The Site?  I saw some inappropriate ads, what should I do?
A: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/728175/question-about-the-ads-on-the-right-of-the-page#post_10043121

 

Q: How Do I Get My Coop Page Added to the BYC Coop Index

A: All the coops submitted to our coop contests are added to the various coop indexes AFTER the contest is over.  Please look in our Sponsored Content, Contests, and Giveaways section for a link to the current coop contest and submit your coop there!


Q: How do I search the BYC Site and forum? (VERY Important for new members!)  (You will get much better results using the "advanced" choice located right under the "search" box.)
A:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/search-and-advanced-search-tutorial

 

 

Q:  I'm having problems with another member and need to contact a moderator.  What do I do?
A: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/447614/contacting-forum-moderators-reporting-problem-asking-general-s

 

 

Q: What is the BYC Rule Warning / Infraction System?

A: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/524146/new-infraction-warning-system-points-for-rule-violations

A: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/warning-types-for-the-infractions-system
 

 

Q: What are user Titles and how / when do they change?                  
A:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/190919/forum-user-titles-what-are-they-and-how-when-are-they-changed

 


Q: How do I create a page / add information to the BYC Site?  
A: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/article-tutorial
 

 

Q: How do I subscribe?                               

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Q: I'm not getting email subscriptions what do I do?         
A: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/714119/members-not-getting-email-subscription-notifications-please-read-and-reply-with-details


Q: What is the History of BYC?:          
A: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/9631/backyardchickens-com-history-byc-com-ezboardbyc-new-byc-forum
 

 

Q: How do I sign up for the BYC newsletter?      

A: Go to your profile and click "Edit Account Details." Scroll down to "Email Preferences" (after "Password"). Check the box next to where it says "Receive BackYard Chickens Email Newsletter."

 

 

Q: How do I submit a pic of the week (POW)?         
A: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/618538/submit-your-chicken-page-for-the-picture-of-the-week-pow

 


Q: How do I become a moderator?        
A: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/13536/how-do-you-become-a-moderator

 

 


 

To add to this list, please start a new topic in our feedback section and then post your suggested question and answer in this format:


Q: General Question Here 
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Special Staff THANK YOU to seminolewind and Lothiriel for their hard work in updating and freshening our FAQ information!

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General Chicken Questions

Q:How much space do I need per chicken (in coop, in run, total)?             
  http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=18442              
  http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=15096
  http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=34001

Q: How many square feet do I need per chicken?                                             
A: http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=2132     

Chicken / Abbreviation Dictionary / BYC Terms:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/glossary-definitions-of-common-terms-for-raising-backyard-chickens

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=1638#p1638
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=241913

Q: What is this lump on the side of my chicken's neck? (Full crop)
A:    http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/58809/large-soft-lump-on-all-my-chickens-neck-at-the-bottom-  right


Q: How much should I charge for eggs?  
A: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/448371/how-much-to-charge-for-eggs/0_50                  

Q: Where do I get / buy egg cartons?    
A: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/410004/egg-cartons

A: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/304766/where-to-buy-cartons-that-fit-jumbo-coturnix-eggs


Q. What is the Deep Litter Method?
A: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/deep-litter-method-the-easiest-way-to-deal-with-chicken-litter-dlm


Q. How do I find out if it is legal to keep chickens where I live?
http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/3/Laws

If you live in the USA, then you can find your towns laws online at www.municode.com
If you live in the UK, then ring up Environmental Health. Normally there aren't any hard and fast rules, apart from no cockerels.

Q: When or how do I free range my chickens?
A: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/562244/what-age-can-chickens-free-range/0_50     

A:http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/402848/what-are-the-ups-and-downs-to-free-ranging/0_50

Q: What is DE, how is it used and is it safe for my chickens?
A:http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/food-grade-de-diatomaceous-earth

A:http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=3688
A:http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=705
A:http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=3800

Q: What is grit and when to I give it to my chickens?  

A: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/feed-chart

A:http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=8833
A:http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=8907
A:http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=9465
A:http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=9052

Q: What is Oyster Shell used for and when do I give it to my hens?
A:http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=9109
A:http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=9927
A:http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=3808

Q: What is scratch? How and when do I give it to my chickens?
A:http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=8545
A:http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=8503
A:http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=8704

What incubator should I get:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=15091

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/542516/best-incubator/0_50Learning

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=32402&p=1
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=31806&p=1

How to build an incubator
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=19675
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=21547
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=8510
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=19496

Chicken first-aid kit
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=33871
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=3054
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=454
http://dlhunicorn.conforums.com/index.cgi?board=emergencies

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/517234/medical-treatments-recommended-by-bycers#post_6580204

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/first-aid-kit-for-chickens

Why can't I peel my hardboiled eggs, and what do I do about it?
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=24428

"newer" thread http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/115799/crazy-easy-way-to-make-hard-boiled-eggs


Prolapse:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=32448
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=26390&p=1
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=20555

Egg bound
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=32648&p=1
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=22308

Chick raising care sheet:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-raise-baby-chicks-the-first-60-days-of-raising-baby-chickens

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=409847#p409847
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/624383/heat-in-broody-method/0_50#post_8323694

how to tell if an egg is fertile/Infertile

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/16008/how-to-tell-a-fertile-vs-infertile-egg-pictures

My chickens are pecking/eating each others' feathers:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=34705
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=31291
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=36139
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=30486

Sour Crop
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/614951/help-me-with-sour-crop-please/0_20


Helping chicks out of shell/ when to intervene:            
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=9316

Q. How do I get chickens ready for Fall Winter and Cold Weather?    
A. http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/392510/first-winter-with-chickens/0_50


Q: Where can I go to ask a "how to" question if it's not listed here?            
A:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/623247/byc-ask-us/0_50#post_8304291

 

 

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