Welcome To BYC!

By BYC Support · Jan 11, 2012 · Updated Mar 20, 2013 · ·
  1. BYC Support
    Hi Peeps! :frow

    Welcome to BackYardChickens.com 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:

    Video "How To" Demo of Using BYC:

    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 locations on the new site:

    We have a handful of areas you can go for lots of information about the new site:

    This is my first time ever on BYC, where should I go now?

    If you’ve never been to BYC before, we highly suggest you visit the following: REQUIRED & SUGGESTED READING FOR THE BYC FORUM

    I found a bug / saw an error, what do I do?

    If If you’re having problems with the site:

    First, look through our section called BYC Website & Forum Feedback & Announcements to see if others are posting the same problem.

    If it hasn’t been reported, then we need VERY specific details so we can reproduce the problem and find a solution. Saying, “I can’t login” or “I got an error” or “I can’t upload pictures” will not be enough information for us to help you.

    Read over "How To Troubleshoot & Report Problems" for more information.

    Next Steps:

    Now you're ready to start posting! You may also want to check out the "Required Reading" thread on BYC.

    You're best bet is to introduce yourself in our "New Member Introductions" section and look for the “Post New Thread” link/button. new_thread.PNG

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Morgansrbest
    "Great intro to finding your way around BYC"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jan 26, 2019
    Clear, easy to follow instructions. Definitely helpful for being new onto the site.
    Thank you very much!
  2. HuffleClaw
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Sep 5, 2018
  3. ronott1
    "Excellant article"
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  1. sevenapo
    Hello for everybody!!.. I'm join new and i'm Turkısh
  2. Laurieks
    Yippeee search within a thread!!!
    (I know, late... been tied up)
  3. dragonlair
    Wow, what a surprise! Been without a computer for a bit, come back and find this! Now to figure out what I'm doing!
    Looks great so far. Thanks for all you do!
  4. 4-H chicken mom
    It may take awhile to learn these new features, especially since I am also getting use to a new computer. I think it will be fine. Are there any smilies?
  5. sianara
    It is lovely! There's much more for me to learn but everytime I find a new feature it's like a little jolt of happiness goes through me :) Keep up the good work Rob and BYC team!
  6. Imagesoart
    OK, change is good. You know what they say, if you want to improve your mind try something new. Learning a new operating system is the best way to improve memory! This is a close second!
    Here's to finding my friends again on BYC and here's to learning something new!!
  7. Ashley9797
    Great website !
  8. rebel-rousing-at-night
    It's not easy for me to learn new things but I'm really enjoying the new site.
    Great job everyone. I can see various bugs are getting worked out too.
    I had to change my Avatar cause I'm so excited!
  9. Dutchgirl
    Wow... checked BYC for the first time in a while and was confused and frightened at first! :) But I soon began to figure it all out.
  10. Buckguy20
    How do I reset to show the maximum number of posts per page?
  11. snowflake
    I really like the videos that explain how too? some things are easy, some not so much. Not being well schooled on computers is my major problem. This is still the best; easiest to use sight I have been on. Good job I (think) I like it!!
  12. tapson
    great job indeed, i have joined the best site of my best interest
  13. DOnSoCalOC
    WOW! I totally love the upgrade! Love the color scheme, soft on the eyes. So organized, are chicken lovers organized?! ;D
  14. oesdog
    Hay guys can we check to see who has made it back and who has not posted since the change. - Older hens and roos may have trouble getting their heads round the new site and we all need to be minful off the missing. Can we all make a special effort to go through and contact those folk who have not posted since the change and offer help to find their way back thanx!
  15. oesdog
    It has been a few days since the new site has been up and running. Can we all make a special effort to contact missing hens and roosters who may not be able to find their way back to the BYC coop!!!!!!!!!!! You all know I had issues with my password and older hens and roos are going to find the change a wee bit harder to get on with so we all need to be mindful of the missing and make a special effort to contact them right now!!!!!!!!
  16. CluckCluck18
    The site looks fantastic! Eggs-cellent job
  17. zibby
    Love the new look and it seems like there is more great information. Unfortunately my computer is a dionosaur and it is taking me for ever to navigate the new pages. I hope to get a new computer soon and look forward to really getting around this new site.
  18. NYChicks345
    Great Job! Much more user friendly, I love it....now all we need is a BYC iPhone App....please:)
  19. KummerPoultryFarm
  20. KummerPoultryFarm
    very informative
  21. the4heathernsmom
    System ErrorWe're sorry, but there's been an error in our system, and we can't complete your request. Please report this error to us, using our feedback system. Thanks!
    You can also go back and try again.
    This is what I keep getting on my homepage when I first come on the site. I have tried refreshing etc nothing works until I have been looking around and clicking and looking on the forum then I go back to homepage and the pictures are there set up like it is supposed to be. What's wrong? Do I need to do something?
  22. VkyVky
    I like the new site! I guess this allows for more growth. Wonderful!
  23. new chick 203
    Looks great. The only comment I have is on the device for picking Breeds doesn't have anyplace choosing temperament or confine-ability like some other sites.
  24. ParadiseFoundFarm
    Great new site. Mostly intuitive. Bravo to you. I have a question though, where are the benefits to being a Golden feather or Platinum member?
  25. Charm1704
    I m overwhelmed...I know I will figure it out, it will just take time. Can we no longer bid on hatching eggs and get feedback? It appears it's a buy it now ? I want that part of the OLD BYC BACK!~CHARM1704
  26. chickcribs
    where's my hit counter on my coop page?
  27. phasianidae
    Awesome! I like.
  28. Chickielady
    Although, there is the issue of every PM I have ever recieved or ever sent STILL in my PM trash~~~~~~~
    Any idea how to empty the trash ?
  29. Englishjodes
    The new look rocks!
  30. Chickielady
    So far, it is fantastic!
    All I can say besides that is WOW, well done !!!!!!!!!!
  31. mates5
    Wonderful site...keep up the great work!
  32. Lady Chickadee
    Love the new website!!!Good job!
  33. Nic&Chickies
    I feel bad for any absolute newbie who gets to this page first (http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/welcome-to-byc) because there's no link!
    This is my first time ever on BYC, where should I go now?If you’ve never been to BYC before, we highly suggest you visit the following:
  34. Talks2Chickens
    I've been watching and reading along for the past two years. You have always been my "go to" for information. When you were in the midst of the change, I got so excited I had to finally become a member. You guys are the greatest. The forums are both educational and encouraging. Keep up the great work! O' community of Peeps.
    and of course - Thank You BYC !!!
  35. dmclalin
    You did a very detailed and thorogh job. I've just started poking around and I'm sure I'll see more new things. Good Job!!
  36. mamabigbird
    Looks good guys ... but a challenge to an old hen.
    OK ! I can do this. "C'mon, brain, you'll need to think again."
  37. Victoria215
    Hi everyone- Our family is new to the whole site and idea of raising chickens. We are going to do a lot of homework, before we dive in, so wish us luck & hopefully we will up and running so with our own feathered friends. Victoria~from CA
  38. Muzzie
    I too had to get a new password my old one just didn't work. We I am now up a running look out!
  39. Lotsapaints
    Stumbling around finding stuff. I like it and soon I know I'll be knowing my way around ..I have slow DSL couldn't watch the video off Facebook but later when I have more time I'm trying again
  40. Magic Birdie
    This new one is sort of confusing, but it's nice!
  41. magistradomina
    Yay! Thank you BYC! Can you make the text appear in color?
  42. terrilhb
    I love the new look. But I can say it is definetly going to take me awhile to figure it out. I don't do well with change. But that is with everything in my life. Thank you to everyone who was involved. You all worked hard and deserve a big round of applause.
  43. Bianca67
    frustrated that i can't seem to get e-mail notice from the threads i am following, have picked immediate and still am getting nothing.
  44. 3loadsofpink
    dramatic change...but so pretty to look @.
    a great thk u to the web god/ess.
  45. lin48
    Great to be a part of the new website
  46. dumb_cluck
    Go back to "normal" please.........
  47. pulletmom#1
    ok, so where did the hatching eggs 4sale sight go????????????
  48. Ole rooster
    Wow, when y'all said new you were not kidding.
  49. oesdog
    Ahhhhhhhhh - Ok I am back!!!!!!!! First off I tried to get into the site and had to look up my password etc . I knew it was right because I went becak to the original acceptance post to get it. Copied and pasted but - I was locked out!!!!!!! But I am back now after getting a new password!!!!!!!!! I was geting withdraw but am now safely back int he BYC chicken run!!!!!!!!
    Now I just have to figure where everyone and everything is!!!!!! The new site looks good but I may be lost for sometime finding my way about!
  50. The Turken Lady
    Awesome~!! :DD You guys did a great job on the new site! I love it.

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