Archive for April, 2012

Garden Designs for the Urban Chicken Farmer


If you’re looking for a resource to help you design a garden that will work well with your hens, Free-Range Chicken Gardens may be a good resource. From the book’s website:

In Free-Range Chicken Gardens, award-winning garden designer Jessi Bloom covers everything a gardener needs to know, including chicken-keeping basics, simple garden plans to get you started, tips on attractive fencing options, the best plants and plants to avoid, and step-by-step instructions for getting your chicken garden up and running. For anyone who wants a fabulous garden where colorful chickens happily roam, this essential handbook is the guide that will bring the dream home to roost.

Enjoy, and happy gardening!

Palatine, IL, Wants Chickens


A Palatine couple seeks the right to keep chickens. For more information and a link to their Facebook page, read this article.

“Consider being a part of this group to support green living in the Palatine area by allowing backyard hens!” the Facebook page states.

4/12/2012: Chicks are at Belmont Feed and Seed!


We currently have in stock one-week-old sexed chicks:
Araucana/Americana chicks,
Golden Laced Wyandottes
Gray California Leghorns.

3 Araucana/Americana 6 week old pullets & 2 Black Austrolorps that are
now 9 weeks old.

Our next shipment, due to arrive April 24th, will include all sexed:
Barred Rocks
Black Austrolorps
Buff Orpingtons
Isa Browns/Red Stars
Black Sex Links
Rhode Island Red
Silver Laced Wyandottes
Black Jersey Giants (per customer request)

Our BEE KEEPING supplies, including the Bees, keep on streaming in.
Stop in for a look around or to place a special order.

Contact:

(773) 588-1144

3036 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

 

Chickens and Property Values


One of the common complaints of village boards when considering allowing chicken keeping is “But property values will go down.”

Urban Chicken Advocates of Nashville (UCAN) examined the property values of cities that allow chickens and determined that there seems to no direct correlation between chicken keeping and property values. To read the article, click here.

REMINDER! April 14, 2012: Green Metropolis Fair


Come out this weekend for the Green Metropolis Fair!

Join Home to Roost and Backyard Chicken Run at the Green Metropolis Fair. This fun, day-long event has something for the whole family! This year it is at the Green Exchange. Meet animals, learn about I-GO cars, ask a composting expert a question. For more information, head to the Green Metropolis website.

Northbrook, IL, Shoots Down Chickens


In a disappointing 5-2 vote last night, the Village of Northbrook, IL, razed hopes for backyard chicken keepers. Attendees felt the trustees had made their decisions prior to the meeting, rather than entertaining the evidence presented.

This, of course, overshadows the Cubs 7-4 loss over the Brewers.


			

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.