BYC FREE & Premium Feather Memberships (PFM)

By BYC Support · Jan 10, 2012 · Updated Jun 23, 2017 · ·
  1. BYC Support
    Membership on BYC is completely FREE (click here to join)!

    As a free member you'll see fewer ads (for example, the anchor footer ad at the bottom of the screen is removed) and be able to interact with our community. You can see more benefits of being a free member below.

    Click here to join BYC!

    Membership Upgrades / Premium Feather Membership:
    Over the years we've received requests from our chicken forum members that would like do have the ability to turn off all advertising, receive other upgrades / features, and generally support the BYC community. In response to these requests, we've created the Premium Feather Membership (PFM).

    Here is a comparison of the membership types and benefits:

    Free Member:
    • All the benefits of a Non-Member +
    • Fewer Ads / Advertisements
    • Post Questions
    • Post Replies To Topics
    • Create Polls
    • Subscribe To Topics
    • Follow / Subscribe to members
    • Message Members Privately
    • Upload Unlimited Pictures / Images
    • Basic signature permissions
    • Create Pages & Articles
    • Give "Likes" to posts, articles, and other content
    • Rate & Review Products & Breeds
    Premium Feather Memer (PFM):
    • All the benefits of a Free Member +
    • All advertising / ads removed
    • Change your own title
    • Change your username once a year
    • Delete your own posts for 30 days
    • Edit your posts for 6 months
    • Edit your thread titles for 6 months
    • Lock and unlock your threads for 6 months
    • Have a conversation with up to 20 members at a time
    • Edit your conversations for 6 months
    • Enhanced signature permissions (links and more lines of text)
    • 10% Discount in the BYC Store
    • Bookmarks
    • Upgrade to PFM Here

    If you wish to gift another member, simply purchase the membership you want to gift through the BYC Store and note in the comments section the username of the giftee.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Saaniya
    "Great helpful"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Mar 8, 2019
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  2. N F C
    "Free Memberships vs. PFM"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jan 21, 2019
    I know this was written a while back but continue to use it as a reference, especially to new (or newer) members.

    Glad to have this info spelled out so nice & clear!
  3. Chullicken
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Dec 23, 2018
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  3. ArianDolympia
    What does OP mean?
    1. BantyChooks
      Original Poster.
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  4. Abriana
    I have a question, when you purchase a membership and change the part that says “overrrun with chickens” or whatever you’re called (you change it to like “chicken lover” or something) does that change back when the membership is over? Or do you keep that? Is there a way to purchase a forever membership or is the max one year?
    1. sumi
      You keep the custom title after your PFM expired:)
  5. Flufferes
    Platinum Poultry memberships allowed you to access a secret part of the forum, is that still possible with Premium Feather?
      DiamondSwan and SongBaby33 like this.
    1. BYC Support
    2. Flufferes
      cool. Thanks for the quick reply! :)
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  6. chicken4prez
  7. Corona~Barb
    This membership costs to help support the BYC site. It is very expensive to maintain a site like this online. If you want the extra perks, pay for it.
  8. Cluckcluck1215
    I want a GFM but I have to pay .they should make it free
      DiamondSwan, FluffTheDuck and Abriana like this.
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    2. Cluckcluck1215
      Actually, Now I understand why it ISN'T.
      Mod's and Admin's work so hard to keep this sight up and running, they deserve the money to help keep this Site alive and well!
    3. Abriana
      Oh yeah. I didn’t think of that. Now I see why it costs!
      DiamondSwan and Nessa's girls like this.
    4. Farmer Connie
      It costs money to run a site on this scale. A lot of money. Advertisers pay the bills. PFM's help as well. By helping them pay the bills, you are awarded privileges.
  9. Lisa Wood
    I am confused. Do we pay for memberships?
      FluffTheDuck and BYCforlife like this.
    1. Phoebus
      " BYC is completely FREE! You can post questions, upload pictures, subscribe to threads, write articles, etc. for free! "
      to BarbsGirls likes this.
  10. cree57i
    What is BST?
    1. sumi
      Buy~Sel~Trade forum section
  11. Frindizzle
  12. Mr MKK FARMS
    Buy, Sell, or Trade ad. :)
  13. Teri Metcalf
    What is a BST ad?
  14. MoonShadows
    I, too, would like to see a lifetime membership level.
  15. hillfloweranch
    I would just like to donate for whatever membership. This site and the people are wonderful and I would like to help support it. I've sent an email and hope to learn what it will take to help support the site. My forever thanks to Sally sunshine and Ozexpat and all the people I've met for their help and wonderful stories that keep .."backyard chickens" fun and enjoyable way of life!
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  16. Amanda4414
    oh, i thought it was something you received after so many posts
  17. Mr MKK FARMS
  18. elevan
  19. HallFamilyFarm
    Guess I need to upgrade to Platinum. Having a GFM is enjoyable and we get to see stuff long before others do!
  20. kla37
    What if we don't have paypal? Can we use a regular credit card? I had bad issues with Paypal several years ago, and I don't like using it at all if I can help it.
  21. SteveBaz
    No Lifetime membership available?

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