Archive for May, 2016

98.5 Rockford Covers Home to Roost

Thanks to Lori from Q98.5 Rockford for covering Home to Roost!

Memorial Day and Chickens


Uncle Sam once asked all patriotic citizens to raise chickens! Yes, you heard that right. During World War I and into the Great Depression, the government touted chickens as a solution to hunger. Easy to care for and easy to breed, chickens provided protein from both meat and eggs.


Uncle Sam Expects You To Keep Hens and Raise Chickens

Two Hens in the Back Yard for Each Person in the House Will Keep a Family In Fresh Eggs.

Even the smallest back yard has room for a flock large enough to supply the house with eggs. The cost of maintaining such a flock is small. Table and kitchen waste provide much of the feed for the hens. They require little attention— only a few minutes a day.

An interested child, old enough to take a little responsibility, can care for a few fowls as well as a grown person.

Every back yard in the United States should contribute its share to a bumper crop of poultry and eggs in 1918. 

In Time of Peace a Profitable Recreation.  In Time of War a Patriotic Duty.


Interesting, Profitable and Patriotic!

With thousands of city families planning to raise chickens in their back yards, noted poultry expert tells you just what profits to expect and how to be sure of success

I guess I’m not the first urban chicken consultant, after all!

Happy Memorial Day. And remember those who died to give us our freedoms.

Chicken-keeping classes at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Sign up for a series of three classes (or pick and choose) at the Botanic Garden. I’m offering the following:

Raising Backyard Chickens Saturday, 6/4, 11am – 1pm

This class is designed for curious folks who are considering getting chickens, as well as for those who already have their own birds. Learn how to raise chicks, care for adult birds, and keep your neighbors happy!

Chicken Coop Basics Saturday, 6/4, 2 – 4pm

This class addresses what you need to know about building a safe and comfortable home for your hens. You’ll learn the basic needs of backyard birds. Find out the essential components of a coop, things to avoid when choosing construction materials, important construction tips, and see different coop styles. (Chicken-keeping class is a prerequisite.)

Summer Chicken Care Saturday, 6/11, 1 – 3pm

Many people worry about their birds getting through the winter. However, heat and humidity can also be rough for a chicken. How do chickens cool themselves naturally? Do you know the signs of heat stroke? What can you do to help an overheated bird? Find out how to care for your hens during the dog days of summer. (Chicken-keeping class is a prerequisite.)

Light Brahma cockerel looking for good home

Still looking for a home for Aster! Please repost/pass along.
Aster is a juvenile, Buff Brahma about 8-9 weeks old. We believe that she is actually a he and are looking to re-home him so that he will have the freedom to act like a chicken. He is in good health, has been vaccinated, and is on organic feed.  We have also provided probiotics and electrolytes weekly as recommended. Aster lives with me and my family in our home, has been handled by us on a regular basis and as such has a mild temperament.  Whether hen or cockerel, Aster is a beautiful bird with a great personality, which has often been spoken of this breed.

WGN footage from Home to Roost’s live spot

WGN’s Paul, Pat, and staff made Maryann and me feel at ease during out segment today! You can watch the footage here.

Thanks to WGN for their interest in covering chickens and promoting my business. Check out the other tabs on my blog if you’re interested in learning more about Home to Roost’s services,  local chicken-keeping resources, classes (attending or hosting), and general chicken-related questions.


Look for Home to Roost on WGN, 5/25/16, around 9 AM

Tune into WGN tomorrow around 9 for a live interview! Should be a fun morning. Maryann the chicken will be joining me for the spot!

New press coverage

DNAinfo senior editor Justin Breen featured Home to Roost in a story today!

Happy reading!

Upcoming classes at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Sign up for my upcoming June chicken classes at the Chicago Botanic Garden!

Raising Backyard Chickens
Saturday, 6/4, 11am – 1pm

Chicken Coop Basics
Saturday, 6/4, 2 – 4pm

Summer Chicken Care
Saturday, 6/11, 1 – 3pm
You can also sign up for all three and SAVE!

pullet found 4055 N Kemore

Brown pullet with wings trimmed found in community garden in uptown (Irving and Sheridan), 4055 N Kenmore. Young. Loves people. Contact Susan: ask@animaliaproject.orgjoe-mazza-brave-lux-chicago-chicken (5) joe-mazza-brave-lux-chicago-chicken (7) joe-mazza-brave-lux-chicago-chicken (10) joe-mazza-brave-lux-chicago-chicken (14)