Archive for September, 2012

Organic, Pastured Eggs in Chicagoland

A lot of folks ask me “Where can I buy local eggs?” It’s not legal to sell backyard eggs in the city (you can give a donation or own the chickens). However, John Emrich of Backyard Chicken Run recently mentioned Barrington Natural Farms to me!

Barrington Natural Farms is sustainable “pasture” farm providing our Chicago-area customers with locally grown, organically-raised grass-fed beef, raw milk, pasture-raised chicken and pork, and free-range eggs.

Growing the highest quality food possible is our goal. We believe that good food is nutritious and delicious. We believe the way to raise livestock is to provide an environment that mimics nature and is integrated with our natural environment.  This means they are raised outdoors on fresh pasture for the majority of their lives, with the pigs and chickens organic pasture forage supplemented with organic, non-GMO feeds.



4 October, 2012: Glencoe Chicken Meeting

Join chicken enthusiasts in Glencoe, IL, at the library at 7 PM for a talk on chickens. Come prepared to sign a petition! For more information, see the article in the Glencoe News.

Also note that Home to Roost will give a chicken-keeping class at the Chicago Botanic Garden. An educated chicken-keeping population is a responsible chicken-keeping population.

Home to Roost Advises on Bucktown Chicken Wrangling

Mick from Chicago’s Redeye called me yesterday with an odd question: How exactly does one catch a chicken? Years of chicken wrangling led me to a few tips for folks in Bucktown who’ve been trying to snatch an elusive fowl. Read more here. 

Soil Workshop in Garfield Park

Intermediate-advanced SOIL SYSTEM design workshop in October for anyone who is seeking a more advanced orientation to and exploration of SOIL.

This course ends with an installation of a collaboratively designed system as part of the infrastructure of Inspiration Kitchen in Garfield Park. The course starts on October 2 and runs every Tuesday evening in October.

Deadline for the last few seats is Monday October 1st at 5pm.Location: Inspiration Kitchen in Garfield Park at 3504 W. Lake St. (Accessible on the Green line.)
Registration Fee: $300

Class size is limited to 15 participants.


440 N Wells St, Suite 750
Chicago, IL 60654-4548

312 867 7254

The Importance of Handwashing

There is a small risk of chickens carrying salmonella bacteria, and of course there are other bacteria associated with fecal matter, as with any animals. So scrub up after you handle your birds!

Use hot soapy water, build up a rich lather, rinse and dry. This is a video I made at Hackney City Farm in London, after handling chickens.


4 Nov., 2012: Home to Roost speaks at Bioneers conference

I’ll be at the Great Lakes Bioneers Conference at UIC, 750 S. Halsted in Chicago, on Sunday, 11/4. For details on the event, go to the Bioneers Chicago website. 

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

The Charm of Chickens: Reasons for Raising Backyard Birds
Jennifer Murtoff

A fun, interactive look at why people in the city are raising chickens. Jennifer will engage the audience with Q&A about their opinions/ideas about raising chickens, especially in the areas of gardening and composting. Meet some of her hens and experience the difference between backyard vs. battery eggs!

Jennifer MurtoffHome to RoostThe MidWest’s only chicken consultant, Jennifer Murtoff provides compassionate, homespun consulting and emergency care for backyard chickens in the Chicagoland area. She offers information and resources on chicken care and leads workshops and classes on backyard chickens.


22-23 September, 2012: UPDATES on Windy City Coop Tour

Come out to see Chicago’s finest… chicken coops! Go from house to house, visiting and chatting with chicken owners and other enthusiasts! This family-friendly event is also bike friendly.

NEW: Home to Roost will be stationed at Location  5 from 10-12 on Saturday and at Location 6 from 12-2 on Sunday.

NEW: Complete information with maps and locations is now on the coop tour webpage.