Melissa Caughey

Tilly's Nest

Storey Publishing


Melissa Caughey is the author of How to Speak Chicken and A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens. She is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, and gardener who writes the award-winning blog Tilly’s Nest. Caughey writes for HGTV, DIY Network, and Grit, Chickens, and Country Living magazines, and she presents on chicken keeping at events across the country. She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Melissa will be speaking at the Pennsylvania Fairs


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How to Speak Chicken

Do you have backyard chickens? Do you name them? Do you consider them pets? Get a glimpse into why your chickens do what they do and say what they say. Audience participation is encouraged with best-selling author Melissa Caughey as she delves into such topics as chicken languages, flock relations, chicken intelligence, and their capacity to experience emotions. This talk is laced with fun facts, tips, and tricks. Experience some “aha” moments for yourself at this delightful presentation.
Modern Homesteading Animal Husbandry

Available In:

Pennsylvania, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., The Livestock Conservancy Stage

Chicken Predators and How to Keep Your Flock Safe

One of the most difficult things about keeping chickens is dealing with predators. Whether they come by day or by night, by ground or by sky, predators pose a threat with which every chicken keeper must deal. This presentation aims to empower you. Learn about the most common chicken predators, how to identify them with evidence left behind, and how to keep your flock safe. Pick up practical advice, simple tips, and DIY tutorials to protect your flock.
Animal Husbandry

Available In:

Pennsylvania, Sunday 11:30-12:30 p.m., The Livestock Conservancy Stage

A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens

Chickens make wonderful first pets for families. Kids can learn plenty keeping chickens: life skills and life lessons, responsibility and the value of chores, caring for and showing compassion toward animals, and more. Melissa Caughey shares tips, stories, her own successes and failures, as well as some of today's best techniques for keeping chickens. Learn the basics and get the inside scoop on how to enhance the experience for you, your family, and your flock. This is the perfect talk for first-time chicken keepers.
Kids Programming

Available In:

Pennsylvania, Saturday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Kids Treehouse Stage
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