Archive for February 22nd, 2012

The Pico-Farm: Rain Barrel, Green Roof, and Coop


A cute three-in-one, eco-friendly coop, the “Pico-Farm” by Southern-Fried Scientist is a chicken coop with a rain barrel to collect water that is used to grow lettuce on the roof. Check out this fun coop! If you’re building a coop, note this important observation: “I originally installed chicken wire, but discovered that foxes and raccoons can shred chicken wire like string cheese, so pulled it all out and replaced it with 1/2 inch hardware cloth.”

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Chicken Variance Shot Down in Arlington Heights


I assisted would-be chicken owner Matt Scallon in an unsuccessful petition of the Arlington Heights Village Trustees for a variance to allow him to own chickens. A Trib Local reporter covered the story here. The Tribune’s story is here. 

Chickens Approved in Elgin


The city of Elgin, IL, just approved chickens!

Todd Martin made the proposal, and here is his report:

“At tonight’s City of Elgin’s Sustainability Commission meeting, my proposal to allow backyard chickens has been approved. The next step is to meet with Elgin’s planning department for crafting the ordinance, then the Planning Commission, then the City Council. Lots of steps and community involvement along the way. If you have any questions, look at West Dundee’s licensing program; we will be modeling ours on theirs.”

Wheaton Zoo Spies Hawks, Moves Ducks


Cosley Zoo in Wheaton, IL, has some Cooper’s hawks eyeing their flock of ducks. Cooper’s hawks will also prey on chickens. For more information on measures taken to protect the waterbirds, read more here.

Cooper's hawk on a fresh kill