Archive for August, 2012

Crackdown! A website to support chickens in Toronto

Have a gander at this humorous video about Toronto’s latest population of illegals: backyard hens:

Crackdown! is a short, creative video that takes a satirical look at what it means to raise chickens in your backyard – and become a criminal for doing so.

Petition for Chickens in Joliet, IL

Use the following link to sign a petition to the City of Joliet, calling on them to allow backyard chickens.

Salmonella Linked to Hatchery Chicks

In response to the recent article in the Chicago Tribune’s  Health section on the dangers of raising chickens, here is a blog post that I wrote earlier this year.

An article on Yahoo News documented over 300 cases of Salmonella illness, linked to one hatchery, between 2004 and 2012. Alarming? I’d say not – that is just under 40 cases per year. However, the CDC advises that children under 5 not be allowed to touch chickens at all. There is also a risk of salmonella with reptiles.

As one member of a discussion group I’m part of pointed out, kids have a greater chance of being injured by an automobile. While the symptoms of Salmonella include bloody diarrhea, fever, and stomach pain, the illness is rarely fatal.

As with other pets, practice good hygiene by washing hands thoroughly with hot, soapy water after touching animals and especially after coming into contact with poop.

Chicken Meeting at Arlington Heights Library, Aug. 27, 2012 reporter Quincy Hodges covered the event, sponsored by the Weston A. Price Foundation. The event was attended by over 60 people, including backyard chicken owner Linda Nellett and Home to Roost Urban Chicken Consutlting. Read Quincy’s article here.

8 and 9 September, 2012: Chickens (and Home to Roost) at Harvest Day, Garfield Park Conservatory

Chicago chicken-keeper Linda Nellett will be at the event with her hens on 9/8, and Home to Roost will be at the event with chicken on Saturday, 9/9.

Harvest Days

Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th
Hours: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: City Garden
Cost: $3 suggested donation per person, GPCA Members and children under 3 are FREE!

Garfield Park Conservatory’s Harvest Days Celebration shines a warm autumn light on the simple and sustainable living is happening all around our busy city. City folk are keeping bees, caring for goats, collecting eggs from their home-grown chickens, making compost, and harvesting organic fruits and vegetables to feed their families. Come join us for this two day celebration of urban pioneer living and celebrate the “good life” going on right now! Attendees will enjoy the big backyard of the Conservatory, where fun will be harvested all weekend. As a family-focused event, the day is filled with lots of down-home activities.

Activities Will Include:

• Live music and dance lessons, featuring The Hump Night
Thumpers, 3rd Sunday String Band, and more

• Opening of our new Demonstration Garden

• Beekeeping demonstrations and honey tasting from the
Conservatory’s own hives

• Recipe swap – bring a recipe from home to share! Take
home a featured Harvest Days Soup recipe from Martha
Bayne, author of the Soup and Bread Cookbook: Building
Community One Pot at a Time

• Cooking demonstrations, with chefs such as
David Rosenthall of Inspiration Kitchens

• Live goats and chickens

• Worm picking and a compost harvesting station

• Horse-drawn hay rides around the gardens for $1

• Corn husk crafts, potato sack races, and lawn games

• Kohl’s StoryBus featuring “Little Red Hen”

• Veggie Bingo Swap and Share – bring veggies from your
garden to swap with other bingo participants

• Food trucks with food for purchase

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27 August, 2012: Home to Roost at Arlington Heights Public Library

Arlington Heights Memorial Library500 N Dunton Ave, Arlington Heights, IL


Meet Jennifer Murtoff, an urban chicken conultant and see the movie Chicks in the City about Murtoff’s business helping people raise chickens in Chicago. Have your questions about raising chickens answered.

Sponsored by The Weston A. Price Foundation

For more information, contact Renee Renz at 

Pan American Development Foundation Fights Hunger… with Chickens

8,000 chickens lead to grassroots relief for hungry Haitians. Read more here. Incidentally, I was invited to participate in a similar endeavor in Haiti earlier this summer. I hope to go sometime!

Yes, We’re Still Here! Catching Up!

It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to blog, so there is much to catch up on! Here is a brief synopsis:

  • I went to Hackney City Farm in London in June. I’ll have some fun pictures and videos from that experience!
  • I’m booked for a number of events this fall! Watch the blog for more info.
  • A few housecalls this summer yielded hens with prolapsed oviducts, internal laying, and… well… hens that weren’t hens.
  • I found a lovely chicken pillow made with recycled sweater fabric and a lovely screen-printed chicken note card at Binth in River Forest, IL.
  • I’m caring for a dehydrated quail named Tweedledum. His brother Tweedledee has been relocated to a flock with lots of ladies!
  • I bought a (new-to-me) car!

Here I am at Hackney City Farm in London, pestering the chickens!

Stay tuned; there are plenty of things I’m hoping to post soon.