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BYC History

  1999: A child gets some chickens and his dad creates www.BackYardChickens.com
  Late 2000: Around October a message board is created on the BYC website using UtlimateBB http://web.archive.org/web/20001001010446/http://www.backyardchickens.com/
  April 2001: The forum forum software is changed to ikonboard http://web.archive.org/web/20010410072809/http://www.backyardchickens.com/
  Early 2002: The forum is moved from being hosted on the BYC site to being hosted on a 3rd party site. 
  Late 2002: Cindi (chickchair) is elevated to Admin status at the new forum
  Dec. 2004: Rob (Nifty-Chicken) gets his first chickens and scours the net for info.  Finds BYC and a great group of people who are crazy passionate about raising egg-laying machines!
  Dec. 2004: Rob starts two new threads on the old BYC and gets a TON of great help from super amazing members. 
  Early 2005: Rob goes back to the old forum and discovers his first thread is gone... turns out old threads are automatically deleted!  Rob was upset to loose all the great info he received and quickly created a backup of the second thread so it wouldnt ever be lost: http://www.nifty-stuff.com/chicken-coop-forum.php
  November 2006: Rob tries to get onto BYC and can't.  Goes to the old forum and discovers it has been down for a few MONTHS.  Rob becomes the new owner of BYC and is determined to grow the site and community big_smile.
  December 2006:  It takes about a month to transfer the domain and get the site contents, and upload / update the site to work on the new servers.
  January 11, 2007 The site is re-launched and the new BYC forum is unveiled: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/3/welcome-to-the-backyardchickens-com-forum-newsletter-archive

 

UPDATES:


  03/01/2007 - Bumper Sticker design contest begins
  03/03/2007 - New Smilies are added
  03/23/2007 - 1,000 Members!
  04/01/2007 - April Fools -BackYardCows launched
  04/20/2007 - BYC Personal Pages launched
  04/25/2007 - BYC Chat (version 1)Is Live
  05/08/2007 - BYC Bumper Stickers Finally Arive
  06/21/2007 Big Category / Forum Reorganization
  07/14/2007 - New "Mark As Read" Feature
  07/18/2007 - BYC Personal Pages Upgrade
  08/09/2007 - BYC hits 100.000-posts mark 
  09/15/2007 - 4,000th Members
  09/26 & 27/2007 - New Forum Moderators: speckledhen & silkiechicken
  10/06/2007 - Coop Design Contest Winners
  11/01/2007 - Private Messages added
  11/01/2007 - BYC Forum Sponsors
  12/08/2007 - BYC CHAT Version II
  12/16/2007 - New BYC "My Pet Makes Me Breakfast" Shirt
  01/26/2008 - 1 Year after BYC forum was opened to the public we hit 6,000 members !
  02/04/2008 - Double Private Messages
  03/09/2008 - 7,000 Member Contest
  03/10/2008 - 2 NEW BYC Moderators - MissPrissy & kstaven
  03/15/2008 - NEW BYC forum: Online Poultry Show
  03/15/2008 - NEW BYC Sister Site Launched:  TheEasyGarden.com
  03/20/2008 - PM Storage increases by 25%
  03/25/2008 - Chillin With My Peeps Shirts Added
  03/29/2008 - 8,000 Members
  04/01/2008 - April Fools - BYC HACKED!!!
  04/16/2008 - 9,000 Members
  04/24/2008 - BYC snags 500,000-posts mark
  05/06/2008 - 10,000 Members + Free Image Hosting Added
  06/12/2008 - Buy Sell Trade Section Updated
  06/17/2008 - BYC Goes Green
  06/17/2008 - 12,000 Members
  07/03/2008 - BYC "My Pet Makes Me Breakfast" Coffee Mugs Released
  07/12/2008 - 2 More BYC Sister Sites: BackYardCows.com and SufficientSelf.com
  07/17/2008 - New BYC Section: Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances
  08/26/2008 - New BYC Facebook group
  08/29/2008 - 15,000 Members + 50% increase in PM storage
  09/20/2008 - 16,000 Members + DOUBLE  Image Storage Space
  10/12/2008 - 17,000 members
  11/04/2008 - Huge forum reorganization
  11/14/2008 - New Feature: Links To Member's BYC Pages Under Avatars
  11/17/2008 - BYC Mentioned In Newsweek.com
  11/20/2008 - BYC-University Clothing Available
  11/24/2008 - 19,000 members
  12/08/2008 - New Forum Search Powered By Google
  12/21/2008 - 20,000 Members! + 30% Increase in Private Message Storage Space
  01/04/2009 - HomeMade Incubator Contest
  01/05/2009 - 2 New BYC Moderators! gumpsgirl & The Chicken Lady 
  01/10/2009 - Announcing BYC Golden Feather Memberships
  01/11/2009 - terrielacy made a forum Administrator
  01/14/2009 - New Feature - Private Message Select: All , None
  03/14/2009 - 25,000 Members! = 25% More Image Storage Space!
  03/28/2009 - Member Profiles new feature: Geographic Location Info

  04/01/2009 - April Fools - Server Upgrade Good News / Bad News - Post Counts Lost
  04/17/2009 - Inception of the Buy Sell Trade (BST) Feedback System
  04/20/2009 - New Feature: Private Message Folders
  05/09/2009 - BYC Milestone: two million posts!
  05/13/2009 - New BYC Features: PM Notification & Mass Move
  05/19/2009 - New Feature: Collapsible Categories
  05/28/2009 - Advanced BYC Chicken Breed Database & System Introduced
  05/31/2009 - New Feature: Show All Topics - All topics started by a member
  06/11/2009 - Pass Along BYC Business Cards On Sale
  06/19/2009 - BYC Buddy Lists Introduced (credits to Golden Feather Members)
  06/23/2009 - BYC hits 35,000-member mark
  07/18/2009 - Full Color "My Pet Makes Me Breakfast" Clothing Line On Sale
  07/27/2009 - Raising Chickens For Dummies, The Official Book Of BYC, Released
  09/06/2009 - New BYC Moderator: Wynette
  09/07/2009 - BYC Wins Facebook Video Contest
  10/24/2009 - BSA Listings Feedback System Upgrade
  11/03/2009 - Three Million Posts!
  11/18/2009 - BYC 2010 Calendar On Sale 
  12/02/2009 - BYC CookBooks Printed
  03/02/2010 - BYC reaches a milestone 50,000-member mark; gives away 50% increased image storage space for everyone.
  03/12/2010 - 55,555th Member Contest 
  03/16/2010 - Chicken Brooder Contest
  03/27/2010 - Chicken LORE (Laws and Ordinances and your Rights and Entitlements) project launched.
  03/27/2010 - New Feature: Breed Selection - Search Tool

  04/01/2010 - April Fools - New BYC Store Product: The EggCell !! 
  04/18/2010 - BYC "Other Poultry" Breeds Database 
  05/31/2010 - BYC Forum Platinum Poultry Membership, Introduced
  06/07/2010 - First Waterers & Feeders Design Contest
  06/15/2010 - New Feature - BSA Listings On BYC Homepage & Forum Index
  06/26/2010 - BYC Shirt Design Contest
  07/20/2010 - New Book: Building Chicken Coops for Dummies
  07/25/2010 - BYC Page Creator Update
  07/26/2010 - BYC Avatar Update
  08/20/2010 - BYC Chicken Coloring Book Contest
  09/01/2010 - New Contest: Promote BYC, Promote Your Website & Win a Free GFM
  09/03/2010 - Worst Chicken Molt Pictures Fall 2010 Contest
  09/19/2010 - The Online Most Annoying Rooster Crowing Contest
  09/25/2010 - New BYC Newsletter design
  09/25/2010 - Official BYC Poll - How many chickens do you have?
  10/13/2010 - 2011 BYC Calendar Now Available!
  11/13/2010 - New Recipes Section
  11/13/2010 - Recipe Picture Contest
  11/24/2010 - New Order of BYC Breakfast Clothing
  11/24/2010 - New BYC Temp Tattoos
  01/02/2011 - Guess when we'll hit 80,000 members
  01/25/2011 - Great New Forum Features
  01/26/2011 - Monthly BYC Trivia Challenge
  01/25/2011 - New Anti-Spam System
  02/01/2011 - Official BYC Chicken Coloring Book
  02/11/2011 - New Facebook Page
  03/04/2011 - HUGE BYC Contest Pics W/ Tudy- FB Tags - Win A FREE Chicken Coop !
  03/09/2011 - Relaunch of the Other Poultry Breeds Database!
  03/10/2011 - Dummies Month = $5 Rebate on Raising Chickens & Building Chicken Coops
  03/17/2011 - Coop Page Contest Early 2011 - Winners Chosen!

  04/01/2011 - April Fools - NEW BYC Program & Partnership - Sell Your Extra Eggs!

  04/12/2011 - Phase 2 of the BYC Awards program
  04/16/2011 - Image Upload Upgrades
  04/19/2011 - BYC Winter Clothing Sale
  05/19/2011 - GFM Friend Appreciation Sale
  05/20/2011 - 100,000 BYC Members Contest
  06/25/2011 - The 2nd Official BYC Coloring Book Contest!
  07/14/2011 - Winter in July Clothing Sale in the BYC Store
  07/25/2011 - Coop Page Contest 2011
  08/24/2011 - Coop Contest Winners Announced!
  09/22/2011 - 7 Million Posts on BYC!
  09/23/2011 - Rate pictures for the 2012 BYC Calendar
  10/04/2011 - Official BYC Contest: Worst Chicken Molt Pictures - Fall / Winter 2011
  10/27/2011 - 3rd Annual New Year's Day Hatch!!
  10/30/2011 - BYC 2012 Calendar

  11/18/2011 - BYC 2012 Calendar Ready For Ship!

  12/28/2011 - The BIG BYC Coop Cleanup

 01/07/2012 - HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT - BYC Software Conversion

 01/11/2012 - The NEW BYC!

 01/11/2012 - Your Picture Here on BYC

  02/01/2012 - Mahonri's 3rd Annual, BYC Easter Hatch-a-long!

  02/07/2012 - BYC Survey - Trying to better understand our users!

  02/12/2012 - BYC Article Writing Contest

  02/23/2012 - The Do-It-Yourself thread

  03/25/2012 - The New 5 Year BYC Award!

  03/27/2012 - Coop Page Contest Fall/Winter 2011 - WINNER!

  03/27/2012 - Top Coops on BYC

  03/30/2012 - Comb photo contest

  04/01/2012 - April Fools - New Forums / Sections - Exotic Backyard Animals

  04/11/2012 - BYC on the Front Page of CNN.com

 

 

 

This is a super high level overview of over 14 years of history.  If there are main points that should be added or changed, please PM me.

Rob - Married to my wife Emily for 13 years and have two daughters, 10 and 8.  Home to four hens
Nifty-Stuff.com | TheEasyGarden.com  | SufficientSelf.com | BackYardHerds.com
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Rob - Married to my wife Emily for 13 years and have two daughters, 10 and 8.  Home to four hens
Nifty-Stuff.com | TheEasyGarden.com  | SufficientSelf.com | BackYardHerds.com
Upgrade to a Golden Feather Membership - Check Out BYC on Facebook

Having Technical Problems?  See our troubleshooting article here!

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BYC History has been updated.  If we left out anything related to big news on the site, please let me know via PM.  smile

Rob - Married to my wife Emily for 13 years and have two daughters, 10 and 8.  Home to four hens
Nifty-Stuff.com | TheEasyGarden.com  | SufficientSelf.com | BackYardHerds.com
Upgrade to a Golden Feather Membership - Check Out BYC on Facebook

Having Technical Problems?  See our troubleshooting article here!

Rob - Married to my wife Emily for 13 years and have two daughters, 10 and 8.  Home to four hens
Nifty-Stuff.com | TheEasyGarden.com  | SufficientSelf.com | BackYardHerds.com
Upgrade to a Golden Feather Membership - Check Out BYC on Facebook

Having Technical Problems?  See our troubleshooting article here!

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