Chicken keeping classes at the Morton Arboretum – April 21, 2018

Come out to the Morton Arboretum to learn more about keeping chickens!

I’m giving my basic chicken keeping class, followed by my coops class.

Learn the essential skills and knowledge for raising happy, healthy backyard chickens. Whether you’re exploring the possibility of chicken-keeping or already have your own birds, join local chicken expert Jen Murtoff to find out about best practices for raising chicks, caring for adult birds, and keeping your neighbors happy!Continue your learning by signing up for Backyard Chickens 102: Chicken Coop Basics that afternoon.

Instructor: Jen Murtoff, owner, Home to Roost LLC
Notes: Limit 20

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Thornhill Education Center

$29.00 member
$34.00 nonmember

CALL: 630-719-2468 (or to be wait listed)
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.





2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Bonnie Sue Bastin on April 7, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    I am a special education teacher in New Jersey. I have my undergraduate degree in social work, seven New Jersey Education certifications and my Masters in Special Education. I am also an adjunct professor in the Education/Special Education Department of a university.

    I have used classroom animals with my students in a private school setting and three public schools. The animals provided a nurturing classroom environment, helped to develop social skills and were integrated into the academic standards. My students also completed a service learning project, sharing their knowledge of the pets with students with multiple disabilities/autism. I was also a winner of the Pets in the Classroom Lesson Plan submission for two years in a row.

    My students have had terrific, healing, growing experiences with the animals!

    I am now looking into developing a program using chickens – and I came across your site.

    Any information/direction you would be able to provide would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!


    • Hi, Bonnie – Thanks for your message! This sounds like an exciting project. I work in educational publishing and have edited and written textbooks and curricula for the Brookfield Zoo as well as major publishers. I’d love to hear more about your project. I will send you a private message.


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