Backyard Chickens: A Website for Poultry Lovers

. (BYC as it is more frequently referred to) is a large website that is filled with information for anyone who is interested in poultry! What began under inspiration from a child’s class project in 1999, the site is now owned and managed by a man named Rob Ludlow. Mr. Ludlow is the co-author of many books, including Raising Chickens For Dummies, and, Building Chicken Coops For Dummies. 

According to Ludlow, “There is definitely a huge growing trend towards owning backyard chickens, and is on the forefront of this movement. Hundreds of thousands of people are realizing the wonderful benefits of raising a small flock of backyard chickens-  the pets that make you breakfast!”


The website is quite successful, and you can see a healthy growth and level of participation by all members through some basic statistics.

Over 2 million unique visitors (people) monthly.
An active site with over 450,000 current members.
Members are posting about 7,000 times daily (on average there are more than 5 posts every minute, of every day, 24/7).
Over 3,000 user-submitted coop designs and 274 breed information/review pages.

There are many different areas of the website that make it perfect for beginner and expert poultry lovers alike. There is a learning center, forums, coop designs/plans, and breed review pages that all provide not only the chance to learn, but the chance to share your own experiences as well. These different features rely on submissions from the great members of BYC!

Fala Burnette
5/9/2020 10:53:41 AM

I am sorry to see your experience was bad - in general, the BYC community is very welcoming and when an individual introduces themselves, a lot of people welcome them and ask about their coop and flock. Sometimes folks offer tips if they are concerned about predator-proofing or well-being. I hope others will not be deterred from joining this community of poultry enthusiasts- I myself have been a member for 5 years without any negative experiences.

10/1/2019 9:11:05 PM

I am sorry I joined BYC site. I followed instructions when I joined, and wrote my Hello, and about my coup. They judged me, and gave me a bad review. I didn't want stress. I wanted to learn, and be a part of a community where people want to help chooks chickens be happy and healthy. I'm just so sad, and very sorry I joined the site.

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