Archive for May, 2019

Chicken Keeping and Coop Building Classes at the Morton Arboretum, July 20


Back by popular demand! Learn more about chicken keeping in these popular classes:

Backyard Chickens 101: Chicken Keeping and Backyard Chickens 102: Chicken Coop Basics

Space is limited, so register soon.

 

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Survey regarding proposed limits on poultry in Cook County


The Sun Times reports that the controversial vote that would limit chicken keeping in unincorporated Cook County has been deferred. 

UPDATE: Please fill out this survey if you live in Cook County, regardless of whether it’s incorporated or unincorporated. 

The Chicagoland chicken keeping community discourages keeping roosters if you live close to other people or in dense residential areas, but we do not recommend a ban on roosters. Also, many urban chicken keepers easily house more than five birds on less than an acre of land.

We encourage the board to take a closer look at what resources and support the Chicago chicken keeping community has established for its members. We have built a solid foundation for information sharing and community support.

We also encourage the board to explore what chicken keeping looks like in an urban or suburban setting, as there are many misconceptions and misunderstandings. The Windy City Coop Tour is an ideal means to investigate this urban ag practice.

 

Coop Camp is right around the corner! Memorial Day special price!


Have you signed up for Coop Camp yet? Speakers include author Patricia Foreman (City Chicks) and Perdue’s Darrin Karcher and Patricia Wakenell! Check out the rest of the speakers and presentations!

Home to Roost will be speaking on chicken first aid and flock psychology.

Coop Camp is in Danville, IN ( just west of Indianapolis), June 7 to 9. Sign up for this weekend filled with chicken-y fun and great informational sessions on how to help your birds live healthier, happier lives! The cost has been cut to ONLY $99 (regular price $125)!

**Home to Roost’s promo code is HTR!**

Looking forward to seeing you there!2019 Coop Camp Registration June 7-9 in Danville, Indiana near Indianapolis!

Rooster Ban Up for Vote May 23 in Unincorporated Cook County


An amendment to prohibit roosters and limit the number of chickens you can keep on less than 1 acre from 12 to 5 goes before the Cook County Board today, May 23.
If you live in unincorporated Cook, please contact your commissioners TODAY, Thurs., May 23, and ask them to vote NO to this proposed amendment.
While the Chicago chicken keeping community discourages keeping roosters due to noise levels, we fear that banning of roosters might lead to banning chickens altogether. I’m hoping the reasoning behind this ban isn’t applied to Chicago.

Learn about sustainability from local vendors at Oak Park’s Go Green Days, May 18 and 25


The Oak Park Farmers’ Market has programmed two special Go Green Days to kick off the season on May 18 and 25!

Organizations and businesses that contribute to the greening of Oak Park will be on hand during the first two Saturdays of the 2019 Farmers’ Market. Learn about various environmental initiatives and discuss local sustainability efforts with members of the Village’s Environment & Energy Commission. Other organizations slated to be on hand include West Cook Wild Ones, Sun Run Solar, Deep Roots Project, Cook County Forest Preserve and FFA. Home to Roost will be there both days, so bring your chicken-related questions and check out my new booth!

  • Childrens’ activity: Seed potting
  • Bake sale: Girl Scout Troop 40879
  • Alternating vendor: Sitka Salmon Shares
The farmers’ market is held every Saturday from opening day through October in the Pilgrim Congregational Church parking lot at 460 Lake Street.

For more information on this event, click here and here.

 

 

Brooder box needs home before May 23


CONTACT STEVE: groundhodg AT gmail.com

He’s moving, needs someone to take this 24″ birch plywood chick brooder. Also has a fish tank. NEED TO GO before May 23.

The Limits of Urban Agriculture


Many people in cities are raising their own food, but what limits should be imposed on the practices involved? Read more here.