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Discussion in 'Website Announcements, Feedback, Issues, & Guides' started by Nifty-Chicken, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Our Learning Center is WAY overdue for a makeover. We're going to completely wipe the current Learning Center and build it from scratch.

    We'd like help from old-timers and chicken newbies to provide feedback on the structure, and organization of the topics. Please review the organization below and reply with your thoughts and suggestions:

    Main Sections:

    1 - Getting Started
    2 - Hatching & Raising Chicks
    3 - Housing & Feeding
    4 - Maintaining a Healthy Flock
    5 - FAQ's & More

    Here are some examples of content / articles that will be in each section:

    Getting Started Raising Chickens
    Raising Chickens - The basics of how to raise chicks - Urban Chickens
    Why Raise Chickens?
    Chicken Breeds
    Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances
    Where To Get Chickens
    Chicken Glossary
    Chicken Anatomy

    Hatching Eggs & Raising Young Chicks
    How-To #1: Hatching Eggs
    Dry Incubation
    Egg Incubators
    Candling Eggs 2
    Candler construction and day 8 pics
    Candling Pics:
    A Chick Hatching
    How-To #2: The First 60 Days
    Chicken Brooders

    Housing & Feeding Your Chickens
    Nesting Boxes
    Using Sand in your Coops
    Coop Ventilation
    Keeping Coop Warm
    Fix A Muddy Run
    Deep Litter Method
    Over 40 homemade Chicken Feeders & Waterers
    Chicken Treat Chart -

    Maintaining a Healthy Flock of Chickens
    Injuries & Diseases
    Predators & Pests
    Behaviors & Egglaying
    Diatomaceous Earth
    clipping chicken wings,
    Adding New Chickens to Your Flock
    Meat Birds
    Plucking a Hen by Waxing (warning, graphic pics)

    So, what do you think? Is the organization and categorization pretty intuitive? Any suggestions or ideas?


  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Looks good to me!
  3. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    Ventilation, ventilation, ventilation

    Hot climate housing
    Cold climate housing

    (such a big difference)
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2011
  4. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    Looks promising.
  5. Zinnia-Hen

    Zinnia-Hen Live & Let Live

    Jan 29, 2011
    Looks good to me. [​IMG]
  6. itsy

    itsy Songster

    Mar 14, 2011
    New England
    I think it is intuitive, yes.

    My suggestions would be to keep it simple looking and not redundant. When I first started visiting this site, I was very confused by the amount of links and then understanding which were ads versus which belonged to BYC pages.

    For example:

    On this page, is it really necessary to have the same links in the blue boxes above as what is on the list? I think getting rid of the redundancy would be helpful and would lend to people clicking through to MORE pages, versus spending too much time on a page trying to figure out the links. Less is more.
  7. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    We totally agree and that's a very large part of the direction in which we are going!

  8. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Very good. A couple of notes only.

    I'd put "plucking a hen by waxing" in meat birds, not separate.

    If we can do hot vs. cold weather coops that would be great -- I think all too many people down here build regular buildings when they mostly need wire and shade with minimal shelter. If that listing of ventilation is Pat's ventilation page, that should be good on that subject.
  9. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Wow, good stuff, please keep all the great ideas coming!
  10. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    Looks pretty good! These new headings would be a great help. I remember being a little lost when I first started looking for info all those years back. [​IMG]

    I don't even know what some of the terms under hatching eggs mean, to be honest. [​IMG] I've seen a lot of people asking questions about most of the areas you've listed though, so I think you've picked them well! [​IMG]

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