How to Speak Chicken

March 29, 2017

Have you ever wondered what it is like to speak chicken and understand your flock?  I am so thrilled to share with you what I have been working on for the past 7 years. With a background in science, I set out on my journey to learn all about chickens and how I could connect with my flock. I wanted to see their world through their eyes. 

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I have always found chicken watching intriguing. From the time they were baby chicks in the brooder, I’ve sat, observed and even participated in their antics and the way they relate to one another. I started with their language, learning about those first little peeps and pleasure trills. I wanted to understand my flock on a different level and what happens in their world.  It’s amazing when you are accepted into the flock as a member and I’m thrilled to share the joy of chickens in an entirely new way.

Best-selling author Melissa Caughey knows that backyard chickens are like any favorite pet — fun to spend time with and fascinating to observe. Her hours among the flock have resulted in this quirky, irresistible guide packed with firsthand insights into how chickens communicate and interact, use their senses to understand the world around them, and establish pecking order and roles within the flock. Combining her up-close observations with scientific findings and interviews with other chicken enthusiasts, Caughey answers unexpected questions such as Do chickens have names for each other? How do their eyes work? and How do chickens learn? 

How to Speak Chicken is available for pre-order here

or signed copies here.


I also want to thank you all for your love and support over the years. It means so much to know that you “get” what I “get” when it comes to keeping a flock of chickens. I’m so glad to know that I’m not the only crazy chicken lady out there.

XO Melissa


Author/Blogger/Freelancer-Sharing adventures with backyard chickens, beekeeping, gardening, crafting, cooking and more.



16 thoughts on “How to Speak Chicken”

  1. Yay! I can’t wait to read it. Great pictures on the cover btw. Chicken faces always make me smile, as do fluffy butts of course.

    • I have 2 books. A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens is already released and available for sale. It is for families and has lots of great information. How to Speak Chicken is for all ages but geared to the adult audience. It will be on shelves this fall. I love the cover too! I could not believe it when it was finally all done. Tears of joy after lots of hard work and years of research.

  2. Melissa how do I email you photo of my chicken. I’m very worried. She is losing weight. Very skinny. Her vent protruding. I give them all a mix of oats yoghurt sardines corn and spinach with probiotic powder. Yet she’s wasting away. I’ve done Epsom salt bath ang giving her trusted garlic in water via syringe. There’s vinegar and garlic mix in the drinking water. I’ve already lost my chicken called baby a month ago ang distraught now about Rosie dying too

  3. My grandson would like to send you a letter in the mail. Would you mind sending your mailing address?
    Thank you.
    Tricia Hinely

  4. Oh Melissa,

    I selected this for our book club to read and they loved it! It was wonderful.
    You mentioned bee keeping. This is something close to my heart but I don’t have the room as l
    Iive in a condo. Please let me live vicarously through you.
    Keep writing. You are a gem.

  5. I’ve gone through a lash egg problem,I have given them all an antibiotic and now I’m wondering when it is safe to eat the eggs ? I have 17 hens and I grown rooster and three young roosters.

    • I would recommend looking up the egg withdrawal period for the antibiotic and treatments that you used. Each one has a different safety profile and recommendation. If you provide me with the names of the meds, I can look them up for you too.


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