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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.
by Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest Sometimes chickens begin to eat their eggs. Unfortunately, this behavior is often all too common in backyard flocks. It can develop for a number of reasons including protein deficiencies, boredom, lack of space, and quite simply- the eggs taste delicious. Often folks discover they have an egg eater in […]Read more »
by Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest Gardens and chickens seem to go hand in hand. It is so much fun seeing gardens come to life when the chickens are let out and about to free-range. We enjoy watching them spending their time, exploring, tasting, and making a mess. We often follow behind them with a […]Read more »
by Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest Did you know that chickens can benefit from nail trimming? Sometimes no matter how much access to pasture and fresh patches of dirt, chickens require their toenails to be trimmed. This is important for the overall health of their feet and their ability to move without restrictions and to […]Read more »
Perhaps it is a bit of a misnomer to call these beautiful and wild animals enemies, but it is important for you to be aware of the fact that they can and will harm your flock if given the opportunity. One of key things to know is that simply keeping chickens does not attracts predators […]Read more »
As chicken keeping continues to grow in America’s backyards, people are slowly beginning to wonder just what the quality of life is for egg laying chickens raised in the commercial setting. Many hens raised for eggs are sent to slaughter at 18 months of age. According to farmers’ their height of egg laying is over. […]Read more »
by Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest Do you garden? Why not plant some veggies that have a bigger bang for their buck this year, especially for the chickens? Chickens love fresh treats from the vegetable garden. Many times they happily eat leaves, stems and roots. They also don’t mind bug chewed leaves that normally would […]Read more »
by Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest Lately, there have been some negative backyard chicken articles popping up in the mainstream media. I can’t help but cringe when I hear of hundreds of people dropping off their flocks at local shelters. Their reasons were mixed. The chicks they had purchased for Easter last year grew up. […]Read more »
by Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest Sometimes when you are a chicken keeper, you end up with an abundance of eggs. When this happens I usually turn to making quiche or fritattas. Fritattas are versatile and are a great way to combine many flavors. Fritattas are similar to quiche, except they have no crust. This […]Read more »
by Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest Unfortunately, chickens are not immune to developing illnesses. As backyard chickens keepers, it is important that we learn a few simple precautions that can keep our flock healthy and safe from harm. Incorporating biosecurity measures in keeping chickens makes sense. Biosecurity is comprised of three components. These include sanitation, […]Read more »
by Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest I’ve been in healthcare for over twenty years and I have been a nurse practitioner for over sixteen years. Over my years in working with the public, I have seen many illnesses, diseases, and even epidemics spread through our population. Like most of my fellow backyard chicken keepers, keeping […]Read more »