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/https://www.backyardchickens.com/ April 2001: The forum forum software is changed to ikonboard http://web.archive.org/web/20010410072809/https://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 . 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: https://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.