Why Join Back Yard Chickens? The Benefits Of Being A BYC Member

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By BYC Support · Mar 7, 2013 · Updated Jan 30, 2015 · ·
  1. BYC Support
    Membership on BackYard Chickens (BYC) is, and always will be, FREE (Sign up here!). There are tons of great reasons for you to join our amazing community, but here are some of our members' favorites:

    Family-Friendly Community of Chicken Enthusiasts

    We have a strong sense of community here on BYC. People come here seeking advice about their chickens and end up making friends. We pride ourselves in maintaining a fully-moderated, friendly and welcoming community, where flaming, cursing and trolling are not acceptable. Since you can’t always enjoy chicken-talk 24/7 with your friends, you can come to BYC where other enthusiasts are always around to discuss things like what to feed your chickens, which coop bedding is best, how to incubate eggs, keeping free-range chickens, how many eggs your ladies gave you today, and many more topics. So sign up, relax, make yourself at home, and enjoy some wonderful chicken-chat!

    Ask Questions - Get Answers

    If it's related to chickens, we've got answers. Wait, you can't find what you're looking for in the articles in our Learning Center? Well, once you join, you can post any-and-all of your questions in one of our many topic-specific discussion forums dealing with chicken care and get quick informative answers from fellow members about raising chicks, feeding and watering your flock, chicken behavior, chicken breeds and much more. If we don't know the answer, we'll help you research for one, and, most importantly, offer you our support.

    Show Off Your Birds

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and we love seeing pictures of everyone's chickens! There are so many ways to show off your birds on BYC, and you can be sure you'll get a lot of ooooh's and aaaahh's! We have a special forum dedicated to Pictures & Stories Of My Chickens, where we enjoy sharing fun anecdotes and photos. You can also upload your pictures to our Gallery, and share them in your albums.

    Create Articles & Reviews

    Everyone has something they can contribute to "pay it forward" with helpful articles or reviews. If you built your own coop, you can create a chicken coop page with details that might help others. Our members also share objective, detailed reviews of breeds and poultry products in our Reviews section.



    As a BYC member, you have access to contests and giveaways where the prizes include gift certificates to our Store, Premium Feather Memberships, books, poultry supplies, and more. (Who doesn't like free stuff?!)


    Customization & Notification

    As a registered member, you'll have more control over your BYC experience. For example, you'll see fewer advertisements, and you'll be able to subscribe to get alert and/or email notifications for updates on specific forums, threads, and even other members.

    Registering is Easy—Here's How

    To become a member at BYC, all you need is a valid email address and a password. Just click here for our quick registration page!

    Membership Upgrades—Premium Feather Membership (PFM)

    Membership to BYC is 100% FREE, but if you want to upgrade your membership to turn off all advertising, and have other great features, click here!

    Here's a "How To" Demo Of BYC:

    See you in our chicken community! :frow

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    "Well Worth Becoming A Member"
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    The article is correct on every count. The information is invaluable. I have learned so much from the community. The contests are fun with great prizes. The members and staff are friendly and always willing to help. What is not to like?
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    I enjoy coming here to this site to visit and learn about raising chickens. Everyone is so friendly and helpful.
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  1. beati
    I am so happy I found this great community of fellow chicken fans! Everyone is so friendly and helpful. Great place to learn and meet new people.
  2. TheYLWFlock
    Trust me, if you are thinking of becoming a member, JUST DO IT! I was a loooooooong time lurker, and one day was like, "I have my chicks now, WHAT is stopping me from becoming a member?" I'm having so much fun "meeting" people and becoming "friends" and now I can also actually post my questions instead of searching around for an old post/thread. So what's stopping you?
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    First time chicken owner here, just recently started raising 4 chicks. It has been such a joy! Becoming a member here has been so helpful as well :)
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  5. LaurEliz
    I lurked in this forum for months before finally deciding to make an account earlier this week. I haven't regretted it! I have fun talking about chickens with you guys and swapping pictures/stories/knowledge! :)
  6. ChickNanny13
    Joined June 2013 "just to see". I was raising hatchlings until they were 8wks for a friend who was incubating & selling. A few times I kept a few until they were ready to lay, she'd then sell them. 4th of July 2017 I bought 4/8wk BO & still have them, laying 3 - 4 per day, laying machines. I've learned so much from all BYC Members & this site is a blessing to us all. Thank you BYC Officials & Members :thumbsup
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    I joined in April 2017 and it was the best decision I ever made! I thought I was coming to learn about chickens but I ended up with a ton of friends and many good times. I was on here for about ten minutes before I joined and I have never looked back!
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  10. sassysarah
    Backyard Chickens is A great place to make friends, and get great advice!
  11. MamaChick74
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    My husband and I lurked for months and months, constantly sending each other links when we found interesting forums or articles, before finally joining. We haven't looked back yet :celebrate
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    I was a lurker for a month!
  14. mlwascom
    I have enjoyed finding the answers to questions and getting great ideas from others!
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  15. Chicken Royalty
    Same here , Was a lurker for about 5 min......even though I've been around chickens most of my 55 years I have learned alot since I've been on BYC , Great site and full of great info and great people.......
  16. PunkyReid
    I lurked for a few minutes (looking up information about chickens) Because my Wife wanted some. Once the few minutes were up, off to TSC we went. We purchased 6 chicks. Came home, and while she was setting up the brooder. I became a member of the great and knowledgeable BYC.
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    I like to enter here, i get here a information about the fowl, and here always are very various nice pictures! I really like to see another farms!
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  18. New Farmer
    I just love this site. I have gotten so much help from the members here. I don't know how I managed with out this site!!
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  19. MinxFox
    Also this website is great for other bird fanciers too like peafowl, turkeys, ducks, etc.
    The other bird forums are slower to reply to your questions and if you have an issue with a bird you can always count on BYC members to help out. I am a member of another bird forum and I eventually joined this one because I noticed it is more active.
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  20. bbishop
    I wish I had got on here early I think it is fun talking about our flock and problems
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  21. BantamFan4Life
    I wish I would have found this when I was a lurker for months, I'm glad I joined when I did. Nice article!
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    I lurked for a week and then I had some questions that needed answers and then I joined and I have never looked back.
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  23. Fluffers
    I was a lurker ever sence I was planing to get chicks and that was probably in January 2012 and then i finally joined in Febuary 2013!
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  24. Too Fast
    I was a lurker for about 10 minutes lol. This is a great site, lots of info and help.
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  25. Chickenfan4life
    Nice article! :D I was a lurker for MONTHS. I looked up chickens on Google Images, clicked a pic, and the link took me to BYC. After that one visit, I was hooked! I lurked as often as possible, reading the forums and LONGING to be a member. On a birthday, my dad gave me a laptop, complete with Internet. The first thing I did after getting an email set up, was join BYC. I love this site. I'm completely addicted, and have NO idea what I'd do without it. Thank you, BYC mods and admins, and Nifty Chicken, for keeping this site up and running.
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    This should be on the HOME Page of BYC! So many lurkers!
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    I was never a lurker--I joined up the second I saw this site!
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