BYC Café


5 Years
Jan 3, 2015
Southern California - Inland Empire
I saw the BYC Coffee house thread was a good attempt in 2011, and then it stopped. So, I want to restart it.

Here is one of the several places you can chat about anything (assuming you follow BYC rules). I know there are already several of threads kind of like this, but I wanted a café to hang out in, and the one I saw I liked has been dormant for 4 years so here it is revived.


5 Years
Jan 3, 2015
Southern California - Inland Empire
Everyone that knows me calls me Trib, even my wife, so feel free to do the same. It is my real name shortened.

I am an Army brat, but I serve in the Navy. I am stationed in Southern California right now and I love it here.

I have the most beautiful, perfect, amazing wife anyone could want, a little girl who I smart, pretty, funny and adventurous, and a new baby boy with blue eyes like you've never seen.

We have 8 hens and 1 rooster. Today, I am drinking coffee and i have the day off. I slept on the couch to watch my colicky son so my overworked stay-at-home wife could get some rest. (we actually switch every day).

I have the day off, so I can do something about a chicken coup that's too small with some wooden shipping crates I acquired.

Hope everyone else is having just as wonderful a morning.



Premium Feather Member
Jul 31, 2018
Catalonia, Spain & UK
My Coop
My Coop
How to build a house.
Dig a big hole.

Chuck some liner in the bottom and throw bits of concrete and stones over it.

Get some H block and dry stack them up with bits of metal down the holes and into the concrete base.

Por concrete in the holes and cover the back with paint and then butile sheet.

Slap some insulation on the walls and cover that with heavy duty polythene sheet and pimple board.

If you've got this far and it looks like the picture you're in with a shout.

Block off the front with some bricks leaving holes for windows and doors.

Chuck some planks over the top.

Fix some plywood sheeting on the planks.

Insulation on top of that.

More paint butile and pimple sheet. Oh, don't forget the hole to let the smoke out!

Hard this bit. Shovel earth down all the exterior gaps and over the roof.

Compare project to picture. It should look something like this by now.

Wet and hot and zappy.

Need a big canon sticking out of that big window really.

Oh yeah, more digging for wet stuff.

A few bits of glass and a big hammer needed to make windows and doors.
Get all the explosive stuff in the blast cabinet outside, leccy water and gas.

Gonna have to cook I suppose.:rolleyes:

Might even have a shower once in a while.

I burn a lot of stuff cooking; extractors leccy and lights, plus other bits.

Need to chuck a few weeds on the roof and banks.

Got the stove in eventually.

Tea and boogie.

Get the chickens round.


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The truth is out there...
12 Years
Mar 5, 2007
Phoenix, AZ
Hey Trib! Nice to meet you! I tried to start a picture thread which had been very successful in the past but just sort of floated into never land this time. Such a shame because I really wanted to get to know members better!

I'm Lauren and I've been around BYC a while, though I post less these days due to school. I've had chickens for about 16 years now and did plenty of 4H and showing. I can't keep chickens while I'm away at school and I really miss them.

I'm in vet school now and Im studying to be a poultry vet. I'm really excited about some of the opportunities I will hopefully have when I graduate!

At my apartment now I just have a dog, which has been a lot of fun. We've been going to agility and a few other training classes and she does great. I've only had her since August, so I'm very proud of her progress.


Premium Feather Member
Jul 31, 2018
Catalonia, Spain & UK
My Coop
My Coop
So, we were talking about the wonderful free range life the chickens and I live here.. As I mentioned Hinge took a goshawk hit.
If they make it back to the coop and eat, I wait until they are roosting to give them an examination. I mentioned to the main house that I could use a hand but they were off to dinner apparently. The track is now open and the three or four days they've had to spend here has all been too much for them.:rolleyes: Nobody to talk to and no one to impress makes this lot fray around the edges.
Notch is fine. He's just lost a few feathers. Well done him.
Hinge isn't so fine.
It's quite difficult to take pictures with one hand while holding a chickens wing up with the other with a point and squirt camera. The chickens don't like the flash etc etc.
This is a shot under one wing. All that white is bare skin and the red is of course blood.

This is more of the same side.

This is the other side under her wing.

It looks as if she has two puncture wounds, one under each wing. A goshawk claw across her back sideways on could account for the wounds. She also has a small wound on her belly.

Her feathers are matted with blood on both sides and a lot have been ripped out. Others feel out during cleaning.
She was very calm as I cleaned her up. I stand them on the kitchen table or on the floor and don't restrain them. If they flap away or panic I let them go and gently steer them back to where I want them.
Hinge is pretty feral. There is no way to catch her during the day.
She's back on a perch in the coop with her family which is a lot less stressful for the chicken than being shut in some strange container. I'm the one who deals with the stress overnight hoping she is still active in the morning.


Premium Feather Member
Jul 31, 2018
Catalonia, Spain & UK
My Coop
My Coop
Despite yesterdays disciplinary incarceration (within the first ten minutes of being out of the coop, Knock started three fights:rolleyes:) She managed to get all her chicks up the ramp and into the coop this evening. This is great because it means I can concentrate on Bracket who is making zero progress in this department.
This is Knock still shouting the odds at one of the roosters outside.:rant

Oh look, it's that sweet, happy, well tempered hen with her chicks again.

A couple of seconds later she was scrapping again.:rolleyes:

I was told, rather unkindly I thought by one of the other people that live here (nobody can leave here atm due to the landslides) that Knock gets her bad attitude from me!!
Well rude can you get.:p


POOF Goes the Pooka
11 Years
Nov 27, 2009
Wilmington, NC
Mornin', y'all!:frow

Sad news today, my rabbit gave birth recently and she gave birth on the wire instead of the nest box and we had a cold snap. All kits are dead. She had 7. I’ll try again in a week or too.

Sorry about your loss. Maybe you can understand why I say that anyone who believes in the saying "breeds like rabbits" has never tried it.

Advice (wanted or otherwise) from a longtime rabbit breeder: rebreed now. A doe hits a hormonal peak and is at her most fertile immediately after kindling. Even difficult breeders usually accept the buck readily and conceive the largest litters they are capable of producing when bred at this time. If you wait a week, she will be past the peak, and the post-kindling advantage will be lost.

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