Welcome to The Classroom @ The Coop. Before you begin posting to the various forums, please take a few minutes to read the posting guidelines below.

1. Do not key your posts in all capital letters. This is not allowed.

2. Apply capitalization, punctuation, and spacing between paragraphs to your posts. They look better, and it makes them easier to read.

3. Use correct poultry terminology. For example, miniature chickens are bantams, not "banties." Male chickens are cocks, cockerels, or roosters, not "roos." Do not use these terms in your posts.

4. Do not post the same topic in more than one forum. This allows all replies to your topic to be kept together.

5. Do not use profanity in your posts.

6. Keep your posts as short as possible and to the point. There aren't too many people who are going to take the time to read an essay.

7. Before clicking the Submit button, take a few seconds to proofread your post and correct any misspelled words or typographical errors.

8. Be courteous and thoughtful. It's okay to disagree, but be tactful when doing so.

9. If you start a thread and other members respond, revist the thread and at least post a "thank you" for their replies. This is just common courtesy.