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I have a mixed breed flock that changes from time to time. Currently we have a flock of seven chickens, an Australorp, Two Buff Orpingtons and Four Silkie Bantams.
Melissa Caughey is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, gardener, and cook who pens the award winning blog, Tilly's Nest. She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts with her family of four and her Miniature Schnauzer. She regularly writes for HGTV Gardens, Community Chickens, Grit magazine, and contributes to Country Living Magazine. Melissa is currently working on a backyard chicken book with Storey Publishing to be released this upcoming year.
Over the past couple of months, I have been following a situation in the Pacific Northwest. A flock of backyard chickens was diagnosed with Avian Flu. As a backyard chicken keeper, I have always known that this could develop in backyard chickens but it is not very common. So why and how did this […]Read more »
If you have never been to a poultry show in your area, you are missing out on a fun, family-friendly event. Poultry shows can be local, regional, and national and usually are free to attend. Even if you don’t raise show birds, attending is a great way to discover new breeds, connect with local breeders, and […]Read more »
I love meeting like minded chicken folks during my journey as a backyard chicken keeper. In fact, a few months ago I was able to connect with Dave and Tina, who have recently launched a brand new line of chicken products for backyard chicken keepers through their company, Luv Nest. I was excited to […]Read more »
Are you ready to get hugging your chickens? Well a few years ago, I was disappointed that not a day existed for chickens. Of course, there already was a world egg day. Why not a day for chickens? As most of you know backyard chickens do not only delight us with their eggs, but they […]Read more »
by Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest What a hot topic this always seems to be across the poultry world and backyard chicken keepers. Some folks, will tell you that they never deworm their flocks. Others, will tell you that they religiously deworm their flock every six months. Some use traditional deworming products while others prefer natural […]Read more »
As the seasons begin to change, it is important to recognize that chicken care and requirements can change as the colder weather ushers in. This year the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a harsh winter. Most often chicken keepers don’t really begin to prepare until the first snow fall arrives. It’s important to be prepared. Here […]Read more »
by Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest Suddenly everywhere you look feathers are abundant in the coop. My kids often tell me it looks as though a chicken has exploded! Chickens over one year of age typically molt each fall. This is the time when they replace all their feathers on their body just in time for […]Read more »
by Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest If you are like me and purchased baby chicks this past spring, soon enough your pullets will begin to lay their first eggs. For first time chicken keepers, sometimes the anticipation alone can make you feel like a kid on Christmas morning. The best part, is that feeling of […]Read more »
by Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest 1. Chickens can be addictive. Once you have a flock I think you might find yourself wanting more. There are so many wonderful beautiful breeds and colored eggs that you might just find yourself becoming a chickens addict. 2. Get a bigger coop. Whether your purchase a coop or build […]Read more »
Beekeeping is beginning to buzz and I am finding that many folks who keep chickens are beginning to consider keeping bees. Many consider chicken keeping the gateway into other homesteading adventures such as gardening and now seemingly, bees! When I first began considering keeping bees four years ago, it was important for me to research […]Read more »