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LH 152: Getting Started With Backyard Chickens

152: Why Backyard Chickens Make Great Pets

I’ve been keeping backyard chickens in my urban setting for about 10-11 years. We love having chickens.

They are relatively easy to care for and they make you breakfast!

In today’s episode, I brought on author Melissa Caughey to chat about all the considerations of starting your own flock and how it can be such a fun experience for children.


You will learn:

  • What makes backyard chickens so great
  • The first thing you need to check out before ever starting
  • What’s involved in the day-to-day care
  • Which breeds are best for beginners
  • Why you never go to the feed store to just “look” at chicks
  • How to use the eggs of Bantam breeds
  • What are the requirements for baby chick care
  • And more…

Melissa Caughey:

Getting Started With Backyard Chickens with Melissa Caughey at

Melissa Caughey is an author, backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, Master Gardener, crafter, cook and nurse practitioner. She can be found contributing to HGTV, DIY Network, Angie’s List, Grit Magazine, Community Chickens and Keeping Backyard Bees. She presents across the country on chicken keeping, bee keeping, gardening and crafting at such venues like the Country Living Fair and Mother Earth News Fairs.

Melissa’s blog,,  and her books have won multiple awards. You can find her best-selling books, A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens and How to Speak Chicken at your favorite bookseller. Melissa lives on Cape Cod with her husband and two children.


Resources & Links Mentioned:

A Kid's Guide To Keeping Backyard Chickens by Melissa Caughey on

A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens* – Melissa’s book

Tilly’s Nest – Melissa’s website

How To Speak Chicken* – Melissa’s Other Book


Related Episodes:

LH #08: Backyard Chicken Keeping

LH #12: Choosing the Best Backyard Chickens

LH #129: Understanding the Behavior of Backyard Chickens



Click here for the full transcript for Episode #152

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.