Archive for January, 2014

Poultry Matchmaking

Button quail hen wanted by handsome button quail cock. Eyes: red-brown, legs: orange, back: brown variegated streaks, bib: black and white, underbelly: slate blue, rust red, white with rust red speckles. Very handsome. Will give all mealworms to the lady.

My button hen passed away 12/30. My male has been calling (even in the middle of the night) for another lady. Anyone have any leads? They’d be appreciated! I’m looking for a mature, egg-laying hen. 

Here’s the handsome man with his former lady friend. 


Classical Music Leads to More Eggs

We all knew that Mozart produces eggheads, but how about eggs!? Classical music can increase hens’ productivity, according to a farmer in the UK. Classicalight* covers the story here. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA*Home to Roost had credited Louise Burton with writing this story; please accept our apologies, as the author was Brick Dozer.


Speakers Sought for Chicago’s Good Food Festival

Are you an expert bee-keeper? A master preserver? A composting guru? We want to hear from you! in partnership with Advocates for Urban Agriculture, the Chicago Botanic Garden, Edible Alchemy, and Faith’s Farm, are seeking speakers for micro-workshops to be presented on the Good Food Commons at the 10th Annual Good Food Festival & Conference on Saturday, March 15, 2014

We had over 70 sessions last year, and we’re open to hearing any and all of your ideas! You can learn more here:

Lily Baker

Save the Date!
10th Annual Good Food Festival & Conference
March 13th-15th, 2014
UIC Forum, Chicago, IL

For more urban agriculture news, information and opportunities, visit AUA at

Applications are due Wednesday January 15th, so now’s the time to apply!




Tinsel the Bear Chooses Plucky Denmates

Apparently humans aren’t the only chicken fanciers. A baby bear was recently found hiding out in a chicken coop in British Columbia. For more information, check out the link!