Archive for January, 2013

8 February, 2013: Mad City Chickens Screening in Palatine

Come to a screening of Mad City Chickens on Friday, Feb. 8th, at 7pm at the Countryside UU Church in Palatine. For more information on the group’s activities, check out their Facebook page at Village Homesteaders of Palatine.

Witness if you will Gallus Domesticus…the backyard chicken. A mere few pounds of feather, bone, and muscle; a creature regarded by many as a rather humorous, though not so intelligent agent of food production. And yet make note of a most singular phenomenon now taking shape across suburb and city. From backyard eggs to the family’s new favorite pet, the urban chicken is forging a fresh place in the pecking order of human importance. Mad City Chickens weaves multiple stories and contextual issues on city chickens and their keepers in a non-linear fashion that one rarely sees in a documentary. From leading experts to urban newbies, experience the humor and heart of what’s fast becoming an international backyard chicken movement. (

Academy for Global Citizenship Institutes Net-Positive Campus

One of the first chicken consulting calls I had was from Dan Schnitzer at the Academy for Global Citizenship. The school is opening an innovative net-positive campus with a number of sustainable initiatives.

These building projects are the harbingers of the movement to create a future where solar panels on office buildings and schoolyard chickens are the norm.

Rescheduled – Home to Roost on FoxNews Chicago

The TV spot on Fox has been moved to Weds., Feb. 6, between 7:30 and 10 AM, due to George Ryan’s release from prison. See you then!

Canton, NY, considers chickens

A legal clause prohibits people in Canton, NY, from raising chickens. But the townspeople are interested in changing that. For more on this story, check out this article.


Mike Krauser’s Made in Chicago Story

Home to Roost was recently featured on Made in Chicago! Here is a link to the page with the audio clip.


30 January, 2013: Home to Roost on FoxNews Chicago

Home to Roost is scheduled to appear on FoxNews on Weds., January 30, 2013, between 7:30 and 10:00 AM. Stay tuned! We’ll be doing a visit to a Chicagoland coop!

Arlington Heights Nixes Chickens Again

At a board of trustees meeting on February 22, 2013, Arlington Heights again rejected backyard hens. Mary Green, Matt Scallon, and a contingent of chicken supporters, including Home to Roost, showed up for the meeting and made a valiant effort, but to no avail.

Mary’s letter follows:

Dear Backyard Chicken Supporters,
Thank you all for your words of encouragement, and a special shout out to those who attended and spoke at tonight’s meeting!

The Arlington Heights Village Board voted to deny both my and Matt’s variance requests.

We were given our (brief) time to speak, but it was clear from the onset that some of the Trustees were offended by the fact that the issue was even being brought up again (Matt went before them in Feb. 2012). Some of them believed that the 7-2 vote at last year’s meeting indicated that the Board was voting against having chickens altogether. Period.
In fact, they hadn’t changed the language of the ordinance and that enabled us to bring our petitions up this time. There was a valiant effort by one Trustee to discuss how to define a “customary” pet, but overall their minds were made up.

I see the experience as successful in that we energized the discussion and had an opportunity to educate people about the benefits and misconceptions of backyard chickens.

Historically, many proposals brought before the Board in the past have been met with strong opposition (including paved roads and a sewer system). A movement like ours won’t go away, we’ll just keep doing what we’re doing and change will come.