Chickens Stories from Our Nest

A Visit to the Poultry Show

This past weekend, I attended the Northeastern Poultry Show.  I must say that I am never disappointed when I go.  There was so much to see and do!

I spent time visiting with children’s author, Jan Brett, and her amazing, prize winning Polish hens and roos. Can I just tell you that her chickens just smell amazing!  As I was holding one of her hens, I could smell this wonderful aroma of eucalyptus, mint, and lavender wafting up to my nose.  I leaned over and smelled her chicken’s poofy head, it was delightful!  Her sweet chicken, fell asleep in my arms while waiting for her beauty treatment.

Children’s Author, Jan Brett, and myself


Tilly's Nest-Jan brettwp poultry show
Jan’s Polish chickens for sale

Soon enough, it was off to see my favorites, the Silkies.  I call this Silkie row.  This is just a portion of the white Silkies all competing for the winning ribbon.

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There is even a showing division just for kids, called the junior division. Here they are sharing their chickens with the judges.
For most of the chickens, life goes on as usual.  They lay their eggs.
They fall asleep.


They have deep thoughtful moments.

For the past few years, I have looked forward to everything about the show-the chickens, the vendors, the folks who came to sell livestock and the overall energy of the entire event.  However, this year was different.  For me, it was about meeting up with the same group of ladies that I always meet up with at the shows.  It has become clear to me how important our friendships mean to one another and I could not wait to be together, chatting away like a bunch of cackling hens!  We met up at lunch time with one another.  In no time, we were surrounding a plate of freshly baked brownies, pumpkin bread, fresh fruit, cheese and crackers.  Even though I had not seen some of these ladies in person in over a year, it was just as if time had never passed.

Please feel free to check out my poultry show chicken friends’ blogs.  You can visit Terry at or visit Lauren at Scratch and Peck and Wendy at Lessons Learned from the Flock.

Now onto our own party and meet up! Feel free to link up three links to this week’s blog hop. You know that we love reading what you are up to over on your blogs! Share your stories, crafts, cooking, baking, homemade creations, talents, animal keeping and the like and if you please, link back to the hop in your post so others can find and join the party.


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  • How very cool that you've met Jan Brett! We just love her books, they are beautiful. I learned last year that she has chickens, too. 🙂

    I am sharing some thoughts on working with your neighbors to become more "self" sufficient. Would love to hear some more thoughts on the subject! I hope everyone has a great week.

  • Oh, gosh, Polish from Jan Brett! I would've come home with one for sure! ::sigh:: I wish we couldn't made it down! 🙁

  • Thanks for hosting, Melissa! <3

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  • Looks like a wonderful time Melissa! Such pretty chickens too!

  • I have not yet been to a poultry show. I'm hoping to go to my first one this spring! Oh, and I love Jan Brett! Sounds like a great weekend.

  • Thank you for hosting. I'm linking and following from Fluster Buster. I would love it if you would stop by and link up to my party Fluster's Creative Muster.

    Hugs and Smiles,

  • Such beautiful chickens. Makes me want to expand my run and go from 6 to 60 chickens.

    PS: Love your chicken scarf. I have that one too!

  • Thanks again…. I go every year to our interior provincial exhibition and always spend time checking out the chickens and other birds. I'm always amazed at how beautiful and different many of them are.

  • You make the show sound like such a fun thing. I'll have to look into where they have one in my area.

    Those are such beautiful chickens! Very cool that you are able to meet up with some like minded ladies!

  • I adore your last three 'chicken life' photos, they are adorable x
    I love chicken shows too x

  • Wow, how fun! I love the photo of the egg laid by a chicken and the one of the chicken taking a nap 🙂 Life goes on as usual!

    I'm linking up my post on how to tap your maple trees to make your own syrup. Thanks for hosting!


  • Thanks for hosting the hop – I'm new here! I loved all the pictures of the chickens – they are definitely one of my favorite animals and COVERING my kitchen. 🙂 – Lauren @

  • Oh look at all the Chickens and
    beautiful ones at that! I've had
    Chicken envy for years and am not
    allowed to have them thanks to my
    HOA…. Thanks for hosting the
    Blog Hop.

  • don't you love it when chickens fall asleep in your arms!?! hey did Jan Brett tell you about her pet hedgehog? please reply my email is [email protected]

  • hey would you mind giving me some care tips for chickens my email adress is [email protected] thanks

  • What a fun event! Love your take on it. Glad you were able to renew friendships.

  • Oh how I wish we had something like that near here. The closest I have found is hours away.

  • Melissa, it was so nice to meet you at the Poultry Show! I just love your photo of that sweet hen sleeping. As a first time poultry show goer, what really stood out for me was not only the many gorgeous and loved hens but also the amazing beauty of all the roosters. Did you happen to see the girl with her two show/pet chickens—one on her shoulder, one on her lap? Adorable! I also met one of the show judges who was quite an interesting guy. This is really a don't miss show.

  • Wspaniałe zdjęcia !!! Jakie piękne kurki 🙂

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