Attention Clients: Please Review Home to Roost’s Services!


I am always looking for feedback from my clients. If you have used my chicken consulting services recently, please consider writing a recommendation and posting to my new Facebook Business Page. Thank you very much for your feedback!

Register Now for the Chicken Health Virtual Workshop on Aug. 17, 2020!


Learn about the common health issues chickens face and how you can keep your flock healthy during the Chicken Health Virtual Workshop, Monday, Aug. 17 at 6:30pm.

Register Here for this online class, co-hosted by Home to Roost and the Rebuilding Exchange.

Please note there is a prerequisite: the Basics of Chicken-Keeping class. Haven’t taken this class yet? No problem! You can purchase a recording of this class when you register for the Chicken Health workshop.

Register Now for the Chicken Coop Basics Virtual Workshop on Aug. 11, 2020!


Learn the essential components of a safe and comfortable coop in my “Chicken Coop Basics Virtual Workshop” on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 6:30pm!  Register Here for this online workshop, co-hosted by Home to Roost and the Rebuilding Exchange.

Please note there is a prerequisite: the Basics of Chicken-Keeping class. If you haven’t taken this class yet, no worries! You can purchase a recording of this class when you register for Chicken Coop Basics.

 

Odd Health Conditions: Chicken with Curled Toes


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Being an urban chicken consultant means encountering a lot of unusual chicken health conditions. I recently heard from James and Sarah. Their pullet Ruby had an odd condition: the toes were curled up on one of her feet, and Ruby was having trouble walking.

“She couldn’t put any weight on her feet. Whenever she tried to walk and put pressure on that foot, she would sort of slip and fall,” James told me. He had tried Googling her symptoms but was unable to find information on her exact condition.

I realized that Ruby was suffering from curled toe paralysis, a condition that is caused by a vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) deficiency. The treatment: vitamin B2 drops and a splint for the affected area. James isolated her from the other hens and gave her a few drops every day.

“It took her about 3 weeks to a month to recover, but she’s healed,” James reports. “She’s walking normally and her foot doesn’t bother her at all.”

James offers kudos for Home to Roost: “Jen’s service was great. Seeing how she handled hens gave us more confidence to help Ruby out. Jen was able to tell us what was wrong and what our options would be. This is our first time keeping chickens, and having her help and knowledge was really useful!”

Here is a lovely “after” photo of Ruby, with toes uncurled!

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Co-Owner of The Feed Store injured in accident


We were very sorry to learn that Brooke Ann Bestwina, one of the owners of The Feed Store in Summit, IL, was badly injured in a car/scooter accident earlier this month (see article in Desplaines Valley News). We are wishing her the best and hope she will be back at the store soon!

Many of you are patrons of The Feed Store. Anyone who wants to send get well wishes can send them to The Feed Store, 5408 S. Harlem Ave. Summit IL 60501.

Date Change: Chicken Coop Basics moved to Aug. 11, 2020


The Chicken Coop Basics Virtual Workshop, originally scheduled for July 25, has been moved to Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you on the new date/time! Register Here for this online class, co-hosted by Home to Roost and the Rebuilding Exchange.

The 2020 Windy City Coop Tour is now accepting applications!


Do you enjoy raising chickens and think you have a great coop? Do you love talking to people about your birds? Consider applying to become a stop on the 2020 Windy City Coop Tour, September 19 & 20!

The Coop Tour is a self-guided tour of backyard coops and eco-spaces, presented by Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts in partnership with Advocates for Urban Agriculture.

APPLY HERE BY SUNDAY, 7/26!

 

Date Change: Chicken Health Workshop moved to Aug. 17, 2020


The Chicken Health Virtual Workshop, originally scheduled for Aug. 1, has been moved to Monday, Aug. 17 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you on the new date/time!

What are the common health issues chickens face, and how can you treat them? Better yet, how can you keep your flock healthy? This class addresses chicken physiology, disease prevention and transmission, as well as chicken first aid. Cost is $20.

Register Here for this online class, co-hosted by Home to Roost and the Rebuilding Exchange.

Please note there is a prerequisite: the Basics of Chicken-Keeping class. Haven’t taken this class yet? No problem! You can purchase the recording of this class when you register for the Chicken Health workshop.

Chicken Coop Basics Virtual Workshop, July 25, 2020


This class addresses what you need to know about building a safe and comfortable home for your hens. Join us online on Saturday, July 25 from 2pm – 4pm! You’ll learn about the main features of coops, allowing you to take that knowledge and come up with your own custom design. Find out the essential components of a coop, learn dos and dont’s for choosing construction materials, get important construction tips, and see different coop styles.

Saturday, July 25, 2pm – 4pm. Cost is $20.

Register Here for this online class, co-hosted by Home to Roost and the Rebuilding Exchange.

Please note there is a prerequisite: the Basics of Chicken-Keeping class. Haven’t taken this class yet? No problem! You can purchase the recording of this class when you register for Chicken Coop Basics.

 

Online Class: Basic Backyard Chicken Keeping, June 27, 2020


Home to Roost is pairing with Mokena Public Library to offer a virtual workshop on basic chicken keeping on Sat., June 27 from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. The workshop is open to all. Click here for more information and to register.