New to the Crew


In the Brooder
Mar 13, 2018
Hello Friends

I am a few years into Chicken loving, and have lost a lot of chickens to dogs, cats, opossums, fox, minks, you name it... and now feel like I have a better sense of the needs of chickens and am ready to invest in heritage breed birds.

This being said...
I have no idea what toe punching is, or if I need to be breeder qualified... or whatever else I have yet to stumble across. What the heck?!

Maybe I'm not ready for this...
Anybody wanna throw me a bone?
:welcome@BaHCoaaack! So glad to have you join us here at BYC! I'm sorry fro your previous losses, but hope the new birds go very well for you!! Toe punching is a way for breeders to help identify their stock, I don't recommend doing it unless you have quite a few birds, leg bands are much more in my favor, but hey that's just me.;) I BELIEVE in your chicken keeping skills, go for it!!!:ya
G’Day from down under BaHCoaaack :frow Welcome!

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I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

Including your general location on your profile will assist others. Location, climate, season etc can be important factors when members are responding to any questions you may have and vice versa.

You might want to also Find Your State Thread and pop in and say hello.

BYC has Topic of the Week discussions which I have found to be a great resource, informative and sometimes entertaining; so definitely worth checking out.

If you would like to share Pictures and Stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out ;)

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