Archive for September, 2020

Register Now for Chicken Health 101: Online with the Chicago Botanic Garden, Oct. 7, 2020!

I will be teaching Chicken Health 101: Online for the Chicago Botanic Garden on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 6 – 8 p.m. Please join us for this online class! Learn about the common health issues chickens face and how you can keep your flock healthy. We will cover basic chicken physiology, disease prevention and transmission, and chicken first aid.

Registration information is available here. Please note that all registrations must be submitted online 2 days before the class starts.

Coop Tour Photos: Spreading the Word about Chicken Keeping, Sept. 20, 2020

Home to Roost had a booth at the Windy City Coop Tour this weekend, sharing info about chicken keeping and showing folks how to do chicken health checks. The event was well attended and I really enjoyed talking with people about chicken care!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Upcoming Home to Roost Classes at Chicago Botanic Garden

I will be teaching a series of online chicken classes for the Chicago Botanic Garden! All classes are 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Basic Chicken Keeping – online class, Wed. September 23

Chicken Coop Basics – online class, Wed. September 30

Chicken Health – online class, Wed. October 7

Please note that all registrations must be submitted online 2 days before your class starts.

Visit my station on the Windy City Coop Tour this Sunday, Sept. 20!


Jennifer Murtoff, urban chicken consultant

I will be stationed at 3717 N. Kenneth, Chicago IL 60641 on Sunday. The owner keeps 18 chickens, and I’ll be there to answer questions about chicken keeping and offer information, including how to do a chicken health check.
I hope to see you there! More information about the Coop Tour is located here.

Online Class: Basic Backyard Chicken Keeping, Sept. 19, 2020

Home to Roost is pairing with Mokena Public Library to offer a virtual workshop on basic chicken keeping on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Click here for more information and to register.

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! The workshop is open to all.

Sign the petition to allow backyard hens in Maywood, IL!

Resident Tammy So has started a petition to allow backyard chickens in Maywood, IL. Maywood is one of the only towns in its area that does not allow backyard poultry. Having a reliable supply of fresh eggs would help the residents, since the town has struggled for years with no grocery stores. Residents of Maywood can sign the petition here.

Windy City Coop Tour is Sept. 19 and 20!

The Windy City Coop Tour is back for its 10th year, showcasing backyard poultry, eco-yards and urban livestock across Chicagoland! This year the tour will happen on Saturday, Sept. 19 & Sunday, Sept. 20. More information is located here.

I will be stationed at one of the tour stops on Sunday, showing participants the chicken coop (and 18 chickens!) at 3717 N. Kenneth, Chicago, IL 60641. I hope to see you there!

The event is hosted by Chicagoland Chicken Enthusiasts, Advocates for Urban Agriculture, and Home to Roost LLC.

Chicken Coop Basics Rescheduled for Sept. 9, 2020

We are rescheduling this online class one more time… thanks for your patience!  The online Coop class covers everything you need to know about chicken coops. Learn the essential components of a coop, what construction materials to use, and examples of different coop styles. Learn how to design and build your own Hen Hilton! Co-hosted by Home to Roost and the Rebuilding Exchange.  

Register Here for this online class, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 7:00 – 9:00pm.