A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens

A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens

If someone told me six years ago that I was going to be writing a guide to keeping chickens for kids, let alone keep a flock of my own, I probably would have called them crazy! But somehow after starting a blog and writing my heart out. (Yes, early on I had a bet with my husband that I couldn’t write about chickens for 365 days straight!) The heart of Tilly’s Nest is becoming a book. When we first started our adventures, we had no idea how wonderful keeping a flock of backyard chickens would be.

From their amazing personalities, their “family values”, life lessons, responsibility, delicious eggs, and inspiration I could not imagine life without our flock. The chickens, especially our original girls- Tilly, Oyster Cracker, Fifi, Feathers, Dolly, Sunshine and Autumn Leafhead, have been such a huge part of my family and I am proud that my children are growing up with a flock of wonderful ladies.

The book has 12 chapters and all 137 pages are chock full of information. Chickens make wonderful pets, and I’ve shared all the information kids need to raise healthy chickens and have tons of fun doing it! I’ve also included ideas for lots of creative activities sure to spark enthusiasm and imagination, such as speaking chicken, creating a veggie piñata for the flock, and making a chicken fort in the backyard. Plus I’ve shared original egg-centric recipes from our very own kitchen that kids will love to make and eat, including French toast, egg drop soup, and Mexican egg pizza. Every book includes a fun pull-out poster.

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What Folks are Saying:

Amazon Reviews


A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens is a spectacular result of her experiences raising chickens with the help of her children. Fun, fascinating and full of practical tips for keeping chickens, A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens is a must-have for anyone interested in starting a flock to call their own.- HGTV Gardens

She covers everything from choosing the right breed to setting up a backyard home to caring for your flock.-Chicago Tribune

This is the perfect guide for the beginning or prospective chicken owner, and even if you are not planning on raising chickens anytime soon, it will show you both what is involved and how rewarding it can be.- San Francisco Book Review
She shares her advice in such an engaging way that so that kids understand what it means to keep chickens, and what kind of housing food, equipment, and care the chickens will need to survive. She suggests lots of creative activities sure to spark enthusiasm and imagination… –Mary Jane’s Farmgirl Magazine
This new book, by the creator of Tilly’s Nest, is easy to read, packed with solid information, bursting with color, and a terrific reference book for chicken lovers—first time chicken keeping youngsters or seasoned adults wishing to share their flock experiences with children and grandchildren.–Community Chickens
The most delightful thing about it is how it focuses on chicken keeping as a family activity, with “make and do” ideas for family projects you can complete together for your flock. — My Pet Chicken
I know that there are a lot of chicken books out there and I usually tell people in my chicken workshops that once they have a good one, they don’t really need another, but Melissa’s book goes so far beyond being “just” a chicken book, it’s an entertaining and informative resource that quite frankly belongs in everyone’s chicken book library.– Wendy Thomas, Lessons Learned from the Flock


Signed Copies

I’d love to personalize and sign a copy for you! Please choose from paperback or hardcover and add the personalization info (with correct spellings) to the memo section of your Paypal order. International shipping rates will vary. US shipping is a flat rate.


You can also order my book from these online retailers and at your favorite local bookstore.

Indigo (Canada)
Book Depository (International)


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Find my other book, How to Speak Chicken, here.