Archive for September, 2012

Chicken Adoptions: Prairie Crossing: TIME SENSITIVE


Chicken Adoptions!

[NOTE: If you are interested in introducing chickens to an existing flock, the process is often difficult and result in dead birds, due to disease or social adjustment. Read Avian Introductions on my blog for some tips. Note also that these hens have most likely reached their max in terms of laying.]

The Prairie Crossing Learning Farm in Grayslake is seeking adoptive homes for our chickens! The current flock of pasture-raised chickens came to the Learning Farm as one-day-old chicks 2 years ago. They immediately engage farm visitors with their gentle clucking, and entertaining chicken behaviors! The chickens have provided certified organic eggs to Learning Farm customers, educational opportunities to Farm Campers and tour participants, and real farm work volunteer opportunities to our dedicated Hen House Helpers.

The reality of farm life and economics is that the Learning Farm is unable to continue to support this aging flock. During this past year, egg production has diminished significantly and we have been unable to provide enough eggs to our loyal customers. Most commercial operations maintain their flocks for only one year, but the Learning Farm committed to maintaining this flock for two years — until November of 2012.

We will offer free hens (no roosters) to adoptive homes on Saturday, November 3 from 2-4 p.m. All chicken adoptions must take place during this timeframe, so we are providing as much advance notice as possible. Please come to the farm during this timeframe to select chickens, or send someone else on your behalf. Many towns have regulations about maintaining chickens in your backyard, so please make sure you know what those are before taking home a chicken. All chicken adoptions are final, and are first come/first served. Please bring a large box or dog crate lined with newspaper to transport your chicken(s). Our address is 32400 N. Harris Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.  Please read the very bottom of our website for directions to our farm as some internet maps are incorrect – www.prairiecrossing.com/farm/learning.php.

The Learning Farm flock is composed the following varieties of heritage breed chickens:

  • Barred Rocks
  • Black Australorps
  • Buff Orpingtons
  • Rhode Island Reds

We hope to connect many backyard chicken enthusiasts with our chickens as possible. Please help us spread the word! After this chicken adoption day, the rest of the flock will be humanely butchered. We are still working through the details on when a new flock of chickens will be brought to the Learning Farm, so stay posted for more information. The Learning Farm remains committed to raising chickens for educational opportunities, production of local eggs, and meaningful volunteer experiences.

Thank you!

Erin Cummisford

Liberty Prairie Foundation

ecummisford@prairiecrossing.com

www.prairiecrossing.com/farm/learning.php

 

29 September, 2012: Oak Park Green Living and Learning Tour


Join Green Community Connections on Sat, Sept 29th for the 2nd annual Green Living and Learning Tour in Oak Park and River Forest IL. Choose from more than 20 tour sites and demonstrations showcasing sustainable living in the areas of energy, food, waste, and water. Bike, walk, scooter, or carpool with friends and family to learn up-close from your neighbors about energy conservation and renewable energy, composting, keeping bees and chickens, growing healthy food, brewing your own beer, conserving water in your home and in your yard, reducing waste, and much more!
·Adults $10 for up to 5 tour/demo sites. Free for children 12 and under and for volunteers.

·Learn more now at http://greencommunityconnections.org/green-living-learning-tour-2012

·Register now at http://2012greenlivingtour.eventbrite.com/

·Get a glimpse of what you can expect with these videos about the tour! http://bit.ly/OGECI3

·RSVP and invite Friends on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/313292212099066/

10 Nov., 2012: Home to Roost Teaching Basic Backyard Chicken Care Workshop


Basic Backyard Chicken Care

November 10, 2012 10:00 AM to 1 PM 

Location: Chicago’s Logan Square area (TBD). See Angelic Organics Learning Center site for details as they become available.

NEW: This year we will have access to a functioning chicken coop!

Farm fresh eggs from your own back yard?

YES!

Please join us for this Cadillac of chicken-keeping classes! This 3-hour workshop covers best practices forBasic Backyard Chicken Care in Chicago and surrounding communities. Raising chickens as pets and for eggs is LEGAL in Chicago – and part of our growing local food and urban agriculture scene. Learn how to keep you, your chickens, & your neighbors happy – from daily needs and year-round care to relevant city regulations. You will leave the workshop with the knowledge, recommendations, and resources you need for your own home flock – and you’ll make connections with other chicken enthusiasts in Chicago.

For more info and to register, visit the Angelic Organics Learning Center site.

22-23 September, 2012: 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.

We’re working on getting the event together, so save the date, and keep your eye on the blog for more details. In the meantime, here is the link where all information will be posted: https://sites.google.com/site/chicagochickenenthusi/events/windy-city-coop-tour

 

20 October, 2012: Home to Roost Teaches Chicken-Keeping Class at Botanic Garden


 

Raising Backyard Chickens

Sat., October 20,  10:30 – noon
$27 nonmember; members receive 20% discount

Back by popular demand, this class is designed for curious people who are considering raising backyard chickens, as well as for those who already have their own birds and who want to learn more! Come learn how to raise chicks, care for adult birds, and keep your neighbors happy!
Register online now at The Chicago Botanic Garden’s web site.

New Way to Separate an Egg Yolk


Feeling frustrated with the old trick of separating yolk  from white by using the egg shell? Check out this trick!

8 September, 2012: Food Ethics Presentation at Stickney Public Library


FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Saturday, September 8 at 12 pm
Stickney Forest View Public Library
6800 W. 43rd, Stickney, 60402
Learn about the basics of food ethics in the 21st Century and what it means for you and your family. Jen Murtoff will give a presentation followed by a Q & A session. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact Adult Services (708) 749-1050 ext. 120.