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

Why lurk when you can engage with other people, share stories, post pictures, and get answers to your questions? Membership is FREE!
By BYC Support · Mar 7, 2013 · Updated Jan 30, 2015 · ·
  1. BYC Support
    Why lurk when you can have your own username and forum persona, and let us enjoy your company and that of your chickens?

    Membership is, and always will be, FREE (Sign up here!). We just want to let you know about all the great reasons for you to join us as a full-fledged BYC member:

    We are a Family-Friendly Community of Chicken Enthusiasts

    We have a strong sense of community here on BackYard Chickens (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 get away with chicken talk 24/7 around your friends, you can come here to BYC where other enthusiasts are always around to discuss how to incubate eggs, what treats you can feed your chickens, and many more topics. So relax, make yourself at home, and enjoy the good vibes!

    Get Specific Advice for Poultry Problems

    We have several topic-specific forums dealing with chicken care. You can search our vast forums, read articles in our Learning Center, or post your own question 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. If you built your own coop, you can create a coop page with info about your coop build, or one full of pictures of your flock and have that indexed in our member pages section.



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


    Speak Out!

    Our members share objective, detailed reviews of breeds and poultry products in our Reviews section, as well as in the forums, and industry leaders listen. We get feedback directly in the forums, as well as behind the scenes. Your voice matters, and BYC is here to let you be heard!


    Make It Your Own

    As a registered member, you can control your content stream here on BYC. By subscribing to specific forums, threads, and even users, you can create your own custom page and focus on your areas of choice. Coop improvement? Breed discussions? Hatching eggs? Create your own channel with your favorite content and set up email notifications in your frequency of choice. You get full control once you join.
    Pure Fun!

    You can get lost in all of the threads and topics on BYC and have a blast doing it. You may even stumble across ideas for something you never considered and then decide you have to do it. Put your own twist on it, then share it on BYC to inspire other chicken keepers.

    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!

    Where the Cluck is Understood

    We're crazy about chickens, just like you. BYC is where you can share your love for all things chicken, unabashed and without fearing criticism. Sign up here!

    Membership Upgrades—Premium Feather Membership (PFM)

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

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

    See you on the forum! :frow

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Recent User Reviews

  1. N F C
    "More Benefits Than Expected"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Aug 13, 2018 at 5:26 PM
    My experience with becoming a BYC member exceeded my initial expectations. Not only has it helped me raise chickens better (and save a life or two along the way) but I have met some of the very nicest people to be found anywhere. BYC is a community in the fullest sense of the word, as defined here: "a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals".
  2. KLIL
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jul 16, 2018
  3. Coop de Grass
    "Best advice anywhere!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jun 18, 2018
    I joined BYC about 2 weeks after I got my first chicks. It is one of the best chicken info sites and has members who are known "go to" people for specific problems in the coop and run. This site is invaluable. It's nice to have people who understand why we are so worried about our hens and roos!

    I've had support dealing with a prolapsed vent in a Bielefelder hen. Contrary to expectations she lived for another 2 years before I was forced to sell that flock. I've also had help with treating lice, ventilation for the coop, dropping boards, roosts, nest boxes, fencing - electric, hardware cloth, predators, treating worms, sour crop, impacted crop, bedding, and illness... like I said, if you have a question this is the place to ask it!

    It's free, you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain!


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  1. Smury739
    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 :)
  2. 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! :)
  3. 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?
      Corny Caleb likes this.
  4. TheGirlOverThere
    I have known this website forever and it has saved many of my precious chicken's lives. Last week, I got an account after many years, and I'm so glad I did.
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  5. 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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  6. Pasha838
    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!
      casportpony likes this.
  7. 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!!
      casportpony likes this.
  8. bbishop
    I wish I had got on here early I think it is fun talking about our flock and problems
      casportpony likes this.
  9. 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!
      casportpony likes this.
  10. marvun22
    I lurked for a week and then I had some questions that needed answers and then I joined and I have never looked back.
      casportpony likes this.
  11. 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!
      casportpony likes this.
  12. earlybird10842
    I was never a lurker--I joined up the second I saw this site!
      casportpony likes this.
  13. bobhoke
  14. mlwascom
    I have enjoyed finding the answers to questions and getting great ideas from others!
      casportpony and Nifty-Chicken like this.
  15. 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.
      casportpony and Jnkmoultonr1 like this.
  16. Too Fast
    I was a lurker for about 10 minutes lol. This is a great site, lots of info and help.
      lilapot and casportpony like this.
  17. 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.
      SavKel&RynKel and casportpony like this.
  18. Sally Sunshine
    This should be on the HOME Page of BYC! So many lurkers!
      matmah50 and casportpony like this.
  19. sassysarah123
    I am so glad I joined!
  20. sassysarah123
    Backyard Chickens is A great place to make friends, and get great advice!
  21. Cluckcluck1215
    I was a lurker for a month!
  22. 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.......
  23. 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.
  24. WynnFamilyFarms
    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
  25. MamaChick74
    After lurking for 3 years I finally joined!! Glad I did :)
  26. Abriana
    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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