Archive for the ‘Chicken care’ Category

Sat., Oct. 17, 2015: Home to Roost at Chicago Botanic Garden


Come out for a class on basic chicken keeping, followed by my winter chicken care class. Learn more here.

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Snow Birds: Winter Care for Chickens Class TOMORROW, 10-10-15


I’m running my chicken winter care class tomorrow at the Garfield Park Conservatory from 10-12. Join the class to learn how to care for your birds during the winter. This class addresses the coop, the run, freezing water, feed, and the birds themselves. (Chicken-keeping class is a prerequisite.)

Chicken Health Class – register by July 3


I recently conducted a survey of chicken keepers, and a consistent theme that came up was wanting to know more about health issues.

I’m offering a health class through Angelic Organics Learning Center on July 11, so please take advantage of this opportunity!

 

Backyard Chicken Keepers —

Are you looking to learn more about your flock’s common health issues and how to care for minor injuries?

REGISTER NOW for Urban Chicken Health Care — a workshop for chicken keepers who are experienced in basic care and want to advance their knowledge and skills.

Developed and taught by Home to Roost Urban Chicken Consultant Jen Murtoff, the workshop covers prevention and basic troubleshooting, as well as care for common issues and injuries.

Date: Saturday July 11, 2015

Time: 10AM to 1PM

Location: Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, 5500 S Woodlawn Avenue (at the corner of 55th and Woodlawn)

Cost: $35

You can also register via the link on Facebook – join the event and share the event notice with your friends!

Chicken summer care class, Sat. June 20, 10-12


Sign up for my chicken summer care class at the Garfield Park Conservatory!

 

Learn how to help your birds survive the dog days of summer.

Fluffin’ Butts video tutorial on how to dust for external parasites


I can across this hilarious video the other day. This guy is a stitch! [As a side note, when I’ve dusted my birds, I’ve held them upside down by the legs with one hand, away from my body, put the powder in the butt feathers (fluff), worked the powder down through the bird’s body, and then put powder under the wings as well.]

If your birds have lice, you may want to use a dusting powder (he mentions pyrethrin/permethrin). Pyrethrins are insecticidal compounds that occur naturally in certain flowers. They can also be synthetically produced (called permethrin). They are low-toxicity pesticides and are biodegradable. For chickens, the compound is formulated as a powder, which can be placed in the fluff and under the wings. The powder will kill adult lice and mites. It will not kill the eggs on the feather shafts and so must be reapplied seven days after initial treatment. Apply 2-3 times after initial treatment, seven days apart.

Signs of lice infestation include red, irritated skin (esp. on the back end); dirty vent feathers; lack of energy; bald spots; ragged feathers; and (most obvious) spotting lice or eggs on the bird. The adult lice are about 1/16 of an inch long, pink, and quick moving. (You may find them walking on you after you handle your birds, but humans CANNOT get poultry lice.) Lice deposit their eggs in the fluffy feathers near the bottom of the shaft. Louse eggs look like clumps of gray, matted material starting at the base of the feather shafts, close to the body. 

Northern fowl mites/Red mites look like tiny red, pin-prick dots on the birds. If the bird has mites, you may see scabs around the vent area. Mites generally like to live in the cracks of wooden coops. They will come out at night to feed on the birds. If the coop has a mite infestation, the birds may not want to go into the coop at night.

You can prevent lice/mite infestations by limiting the birds’ contact with wild birds and providing places for them to dustbathe. Some believe that putting some diatomaceous earth (DE) in their favorite dusting spots; however, I’ve spoken to avian veterinarians who have cautioned against the use of DE because they believe that inhalation of DE can harm the birds’ respiratory system.

It is best to treat the flock as soon as you notice lice/mites on the birds, to prevent a heavy infestation.

 

 

Spring Chickens!


Spring is here, and it’s time for chicks!

Feel free to contact Home to Roost for any of our personalized services:

  • Phone consultation – great for basic questions
  • Assessment consultation – a visit to your home to answer your questions and provide personalized information on how chickens will fit into your life
  • Healthy hens visit – a visit to your home to check the health of your birds and your coop set-up
  • New babies consultation – a visit to your home to help you set up and install your new chicks
  • Emergency housecall – a visit to help out and give advice in case of illness or accident (*note: Home to Roost does practice veterinary medicine and will refer you to an avian vet as needed)

See the Resources tab for more information and pricing.

Let us know if there is anything else we can help with! We’ll be happy to consider it.

UPDATES for Home to Roost Class Dates


Here is the list of classes so far for 2015. We have NEW classes in the works, including a bilingual (Eng/Span) class and a summer care class.  Check out the complete list of offerings below or download the pdf: Home to Roost 2015 Class Offerings and Events

Appearance at Magic Tree Bookstore

Sun., April 12, 1 PM at the Magic Tree, Oak Park,for the launch of Sandy De Lisle’s new book, Hens for Friends! http://site.booksite.com/7326/events/?&list=EVC1&group=current&preview=1

**NOTE – DATE CHANGED TO JULY  11: Sat., July 11, 10 AM-1 PM with Angelic Organics Learning Center, Location TBD, http://www.learngrowconnect.org/event/basic-backyard-chicken-care-chicago

Sat., April 18, 10 AM-12 PM at Garfield Park Conservatory, http://www.garfieldconservatory.org

Sat., September 26, 10 AM-12 PM at Garfield Park Conservatory, http://www.garfieldconservatory.org

Coop Building 

Sat., March 28, 1 PM-3 PM at Chicago Botanic Garden, http://www.chicagobotanic.org/

Sat., April 18, 1 PM-3 PM at Garfield Park Conservatory, http://www.garfieldconservatory.org

The Charm of Chickens: Reasons for Raising Backyard Hens 

Thurs., April 23, 7 PM-8:30 PM at Grayslake Public Library, http://www.grayslake.info/

Chicken Health 

Sat., April 25, 1 PM-4 PM at Chicago Botanic Garden, http://www.chicagobotanic.org/

**NOTE – DATE CHANGED TO MAY 2: Sat., May 2, 10 AM-12 PM at Garfield Park Conservatory, http://www.garfieldconservatory.org

NEW!! Summer Care for Chickens 

Sat., June 20, 10 AM-12 PM at Garfield Park Conservatory, http://www.garfieldconservatory.org

Harvest Day Expo 

Sun., September 20 at Garfield Park Conservatory, http://www.garfieldconservatory.org

NEW!! SPANISH -Basic Backyard Chicken Care 

Sat., October 3 or 10, or November 7 with Angelic Organics Learning Center, Location TBD, http://www.learngrowconnect.org/event/basic-backyard-chicken-care-chicago

Snow Birds: Winter Care for Chickens 

Sat., October 24, 10 AM-12 PM at Garfield Park Conservatory, http://www.garfieldconservatory.org