Melissa Caughey

Tilly's Nest

Storey Publishing


Melissa Caughey is the author of Chicken Wisdom Frame-Ups (out March 2020) and the bestselling books How to Speak Chicken and A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens. She is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, master gardener, and freelancer who writes the award-winning blog Tilly’s Nest. She has been featured in many national publications and can be found speaking on an array of topics at events across the country. She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Melissa will be speaking at the Texas Fair.


Check It Out!

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. Bestselling author Melissa Caughey encourages audience participation as she delves into such topics as chicken languages, flock relations, chicken intelligence, and their capacity to experience emotions. She laces her talk with fun facts, tips, and tricks. Experience some “aha” moments for yourself at this delightful presentation.
Modern Homesteading Animal Husbandry

Available In:

Texas, Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m., The Livestock Conservancy Stage

Create an Herbal and Citrus Apothecary Garland Hands-On Workshop

With Melissa Caughey's help, you can create a garland complete with dried citrus and a variety of greenery. This versatile decorative item is a fun way to dry herbs, and you can even hang it in the kitchen to access dried ingredients you want to incorporate in recipes. The finished garland measures approximately 6 feet long and will last for months with proper care. This is a beginner-level workshop, and it's best suited for those ages 12 and up. Note: An extra pass is required for this workshop. Space is limited, get your passes today
Natural Health Nature and Community Hands On

Available In:

Texas, Saturday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Hands-On Demonstrations B

Backyard 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.
Modern Homesteading Animal Husbandry

Available In:

Texas, Saturday 5:00-6:00 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 Animal Husbandry

Available In:

Texas, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Kids Treehouse Stage
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