Rooster Ban Up for Vote May 23 in Unincorporated Cook County


An amendment to prohibit roosters and limit the number of chickens you can keep on less than 1 acre from 12 to 5 goes before the Cook County Board today, May 23.
If you live in unincorporated Cook, please contact your commissioners TODAY, Thurs., May 23, and ask them to vote NO to this proposed amendment.
While the Chicago chicken keeping community discourages keeping roosters due to noise levels, we fear that banning of roosters might lead to banning chickens altogether. I’m hoping the reasoning behind this ban isn’t applied to Chicago.

Learn about sustainability from local vendors at Oak Park’s Go Green Days, May 18 and 25


The Oak Park Farmers’ Market has programmed two special Go Green Days to kick off the season on May 18 and 25!

Organizations and businesses that contribute to the greening of Oak Park will be on hand during the first two Saturdays of the 2019 Farmers’ Market. Learn about various environmental initiatives and discuss local sustainability efforts with members of the Village’s Environment & Energy Commission. Other organizations slated to be on hand include West Cook Wild Ones, Sun Run Solar, Deep Roots Project, Cook County Forest Preserve and FFA. Home to Roost will be there both days, so bring your chicken-related questions and check out my new booth!

  • Childrens’ activity: Seed potting
  • Bake sale: Girl Scout Troop 40879
  • Alternating vendor: Sitka Salmon Shares
The farmers’ market is held every Saturday from opening day through October in the Pilgrim Congregational Church parking lot at 460 Lake Street.

For more information on this event, click here and here.

 

 

Brooder box needs home before May 23


CONTACT STEVE: groundhodg AT gmail.com

He’s moving, needs someone to take this 24″ birch plywood chick brooder. Also has a fish tank. NEED TO GO before May 23.

The Limits of Urban Agriculture


Many people in cities are raising their own food, but what limits should be imposed on the practices involved? Read more here.

Coop Camp is less than a month away!


Have you signed up for Coop Camp yet?

Coop Camp is in Danville, IN ( just west of Indianapolis), June 7 to 9. Save the date for this weekend filled with chicken-y fun and great informational sessions on how to help your birds live healthier, happier lives!

**Home to Roost’s promo code is HTR!**

Check the Coop Camp website for more information!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

SAVE THE DATES: Windy City Coop/Eco-Yard Tour


SAVE THE DATES for the 2019 Windy City Coop & Eco-Yard Tour on Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday. Sept. 22, from 10 am to 1 pm and/or 1 pm to 4 pm each day. If you want to HELP or HOST, contact martha AT learngrowconnect.org!

Join us on September 21 and 22 and see some of Chicago’s urban chickens. See how folks have configured their coops, pick up tips and pointers, and enjoy the company of other chicken people.

Enthusiastic volunteers are always welcome, so contact Martha (martha AT learngrowconnect.org), our coop tour coordinator to help OR have your coop or yard featured on the tour.

Growin’ Green Market in Glen Ellyn this Saturday, May 11


UPDATE: Time is 9 AM to 1 PM

Come out for green and growing fun with SCARCE at the Growin’ Green Market, this Saturday, May 11, from 9 am to 1 pm at SCARCE, 799 Roosevelt Road, Glen Ellyn.

There will be mini-sessions on composting, bee keeping, permaculture, and, of course, chicken keeping.

You can also order or purchase rain barrels, seedlings and saplings, sign up for a CSA, and pick up some compost!

Bring the kids and invite your neighbors!