Archive for June, 2012

Helping Your Chickens Survive the Dog Days of Summer


As the temperatures and humidity soar, you’ll want to help your hens keep cool. A few tips for helping your hens beat the heat!

As the temperatures hit the mid-80s, your birds will probably start panting. If temperatures hit above 100, your birds may suffer heatstroke. Here are some tips, excerpted from my class on chickens and heat, to prevent that.

1) Provide fresh, clean water – and lots of it.

2) Freeze 2-liter bottles and put them in the coop to cool it down.

3) Remove excess bedding, which traps heat.

4) Feed a crumble feed, rather than a whole-grain food. Grains generate heat as they are metabolized.

5) Provide shade.

If you notice that the birds are listless and lethargic (signs of heat stress), consider bringing them into a cool basement or to an airconditioned mudroom (in a dog crate or portable cage).

As always, keep an eye on your birds and know what’s normal for them. This will help you catch problems before they become life threatening.

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Belmont Feed and Seed Has Special Breeds


June 19, Chicks @ Belmont Feed & Seed
We have all these breeds on our order:

Black & Buff Silkies, Bantam Partridge Rocks, Bantam Araucana

Contact:

(773) 588-1144

3036 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Chickens, Now Goats, in the City!


My friend Carolyn lives in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago, with her husband, son, chickens, dogs, garden, and … goats. She has two milking goats that she breeds every year. With the milk she makes fresh cheese.

Carolyn’s goats were featured in Chicago Farm and Table! Check them out!

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Columbia College, Chicago, Professor Makes Documentary About His Chickens


Jeff Spitz, film professor at Columbia College, lives in Northbrook, IL, and his newest project, Food Patriots, is a 90-minute documentary on his family’s experience with chickens. The film will be aired on PBS this year. Read more about the project here. 

20 June, 2012: Chicken Presentation at the Riverside Public Library


Home to Roost Urban Chicken Consulting was hatched upon finding that people in urban and suburban areas are flocking to chicken raising. Why is this trend catching on? One of the main reasons is eggs. Come to this presentation to learn more about the other reasons behind this segment of the urban agriculture movement.

Wednesday:  June 20, 2012

at 7:00 p.m.

in the Great Room of the Riverside Public Library

For more information contact:

Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, Riverside, IL 60546, 708-442-6366, www.riversidelibrary.org or  www.olmstedsociety.org.

Download the pdf flier here!

Deerfield, IL, Considers Chickens


How many hens do you think families in Deerfield should be allowed to have? Vote and read more about this piece of news here!

Sept. 1, 2012: Mid-America Homesteading Conference in Joliet, IL


Join the Mid-America Homesteading Conference at Joliet Junior College for Saturday, September 1. There are sessions on gardening, canning, raising all sorts of livestock, and making money on your homestead, whether it is in the city or country. Check out the web page for more info: http://www.homesteadingconference.com/