Archive for April 10th, 2012

Poultry at Feed Store, Harlem and 55, Summit, IL


As of April 10, 2012,the Feed Store (Harlem and 55) currently has

  • sexed ISA brown and black Australorp pullets
  • straight-run Javas and coturnix quail

Will be getting on 4/20

  • sexed ISA browns, buff Orpingtons, silver-laced Wyandottes, araucanas
  • unsexed bronze and white turkeys
  • mallard, Pekin, and blue Swede ducks

For a link to their location, see the Resources tab.

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21 April, 2012: Earthfest in Oak Park


Join Home to Roost at Oak Park’s family-friendly green festival!

The Village’s third annual celebration of green living – Earth Fest – is schedule for 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sat., April 21, in the LEED Gold-certified Public Works Center, 201 South Blvd.

This year’s event will focus on the local, sustainable food movement. Chef demos, kid-friendly activities, a community mural, farmers, and eco-focused vendors will be included in the day’s events.

Chef demonstrations will be provided throughout the day by four local restaurants including Constructive Chaos in River Forest, Eyrie, The Perfect Dinner, and Marion Street Cheese Market.
In addition to chef demos, the nearly 50 vendors slated to be at Earth Fest will be providing plenty of hands-on activities and information for all ages. Some of the day’s scheduled highlights include:

  • Free composting and organic gardening consultation
  • Canning demonstrations
  • Recycled art projects for kids
  • Car sharing information
  • Shedd Aquarium’s Right Bite, with information about sustainable seafood
  • Energy efficiency tips
  • Information on co-friendly landscaping
  • Details on raising chickens in Oak Park

A new addition to this year’s festival will be Recycle Alley – an on-site opportunity for residents to bring items to recycle that aren’t part of the normal blue bin recycling program in Oak Park. Items to be recycled include: blue jeans, glasses and hearing aids, prescriptions medication, CFL light bulbs, cell phones, rechargeable batters, and corks.

For more information on Earth Fest 2012, call 708.660.1443 or e-mail maria@ghexperts.com. Information is also posted online at www.oak-park.us/earthfest.

Annapolis, MD, Approves Chickens


After a particularly protracted debated, which lasted until 1 AM, Annapolis, MD, city council approved chicken keeping.

…the most recent bill allowed for up to five chickens per residence and requires a setback of 5 feet from the property line.  All coops must comply with building codes. There will be no roosters allowed, only chickens*. And this legislation has a sunset clause of three years. If the council takes no further action, chickens will once again be banished from the City.

To read more, check out the original article. 

*The author means hensChicken refers to both genders; hen is female, rooster is male.