UPDATE: Chicken-keeping classes with Home to Roost change to online format

UPDATE 1/7/22: The two chicken classes I am teaching for Villa Park Public Library will now be held ONLINE via Zoom, instead of in-person. I hope you can join me for these virtual events!

Basic Backyard Chicken Keeping – January 19, 2022, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Please register for this online program (at the link above) and you will receive a link to join on January 19.

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 find local laws, choose and raise chicks, and care for adult birds.

NOTE: A license is necessary to keep hens in Villa Park, IL. Here are links to the Village’s guidelines & ordinance, and the license application:

CHICKEN (HEN) LICENSE Guidelines & Ordinance


My next class in the Villa Park Library series, about chicken coops, will also be held online:

Chicken Coop Basics – February 16, 2022 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Please register for this online program (at the link above) and you will receive a link to join on February 16.

This class addresses what you need to know about building a safe and comfortable home for your hens. You’ll learn the basic housing needs of backyard birds. Find out the essential components of a coop, construction materials to choose and avoid, important construction tips, and see different coop styles.

Photo by Liz McCrory of kosmicstudio.org

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ginger Bennett on February 6, 2022 at 12:15 pm

    Does the raising chicken classes offer a certificate of completion? We attended the zoom one in January and it was wonderful. However our city council will require proof of a completed acceptable course if they allow this one in order to have backyard hens.


    • Hi, Ginger –
      Are you in Villa Park? Could you reach out to your city council and have them contact me? I’d like to ask them what they require. I’m happy to provide a certificate if I have proof that you attended the class. I will PM you.


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