Archive for the ‘classes’ Category

Upcoming Chicken Classes: Learn to Raise and House Your Hens Right!


I will be teaching a series of chicken classes online for the Chicago Rebuilding Exchange, starting with “Basic Backyard Chicken Keeping” on May 12. If you have questions about coop design or construction, come to my “Chicken Coop Basics” class on May 19! I will also be offering an encore of my popular new class “Bird Brains: Flock Psychology” on May 26. Then, just in time for the hot weather, come to “Summer Chicken Care” on June 2 and learn how to keep your flock cool during the dog days of summer. Register at the links below!

Basic Backyard Chicken Keeping (Virtual)May 12, 6-8 pm
Learn the basics of raising backyard chickens.

Chicken Coop Basics: (Virtual) – May 19, 6-8 pm
Bring your questions and learn the essential components of a chicken coop, important construction tips, and different coop styles. Use what you learn to construct your own coop or evaluate an existing design.

Bird Brains: Flock Psychology (Virtual) – May 26, 6:00 – 6:45 pm
Find out more about what goes on inside a chicken’s head and how it can help you understand your birds.

Summer Chicken Care (Virtual) – June 2, 6:00 – 6:45 pm

Heat and humidity can be challenging for cold-hardy chicken breeds. Find out how to care for your hens during the dog days of summer.

Jennifer Murtoff of Home to Roost LLC helps city folks raise chickens in the Chicagoland area.
Photo by Liz McCrory, kosmicstudio.org

Register now for Chicken Coop Basics class (virtual) on February 11!


This is your last chance to register for Chicken Coop Basics, presented by Home to Roost LLC and the Chicago Rebuilding Exchange on February 11 at 6:30 pm. This online 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. 

Registration info is available here.

Register now for Chicken Keeping Classes and get free bag of Nutrena feed


Home to Roost’s series of online classes, hosted by the Chicago Rebuilding Exchange and starting on February 8, offers a wealth of information about raising backyard hens. We are pleased to offer a coupon for a free bag of Nutrena chicken feed and a free copy of GRIT Backyard Chickens magazine to everyone who signs up for a class!*

Sign up for a chicken class with the Rebuilding Exchange and get a free copy of GRIT Backyard Chickens Magazine!

GRIT Backyard Chickens magazine provides helpful information on topics such as choosing the right chicken breed, nutrition, preventing frostbite, and shoring up your coop against predators. The latest issue includes several articles authored by Home to Roost: reasons to keep backyard chickens, the importance of gut health, and how to boost egg production. 

Register Now for Home to Roost Classes!

Basic Backyard Chicken Keeping – Online, February 8, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Chicken Coop Basics – Online, February 11, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

NEW! Bird Brains: Flock Psychology – Online, February 22, 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

NEW! Quail: An Overview – Online, March 3, 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

Chicken Health – Online, April 5, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

NOTE: All classes are geared to the Chicagoland area, including predators and climate.

* Home to Roost wishes to thank Cargill for providing the coupons for Nutrena chicken feed. These coupons are only redeemable for Nutrena brand chicken feed, not for other brands of feed. Class attendees who wish to receive the coupon and magazine will be asked to supply their mailing addresses. This offer is good while supplies last. One offer per household.