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Chicken keeping, up close and personal with Cluck Nut the chicken


A lot of people turned out at the Lemont Public Library last night to hear me talk about chicken keeping. I was ably assisted by Cluck Nut the chicken, who was a very good sport! She is a client’s chicken I borrowed for the occasion.

It was great to present a live chicken-keeping class for the first time in over a year. Among other topics, I talked about chicken breeds, chicken coops, chicken feed, and how a chicken purse led me to my improbable career as an urban chicken consultant.

A great time was had by all — even the chicken. I invited participants to feel her crop, where all the food goes when she swallows. Filled with grain, It feels a lot like a hackysack! Have you ever seen a chicken’s ears? On Cluck Nut, they are small but unmistakable. While I talked, Cluck Nut roamed the table next to me, getting to know the people lucky enough to sit up front. In-person classes are so much fun!

Creative Recycled Chicken Coops


We have culled the Web to find the most creative chicken coops made from repurposed objects. Beat the high price of lumber and materials by re-using some of these common items to make a home for your hens! We especially love the idea of repurposing old wardrobes, cabinets, and other large pieces of furniture to make chicken coops. If you don’t own any of these items, they can readily be found at thrift stores or resale shops for a low price.

Build Your Own Recycled Coop!

To make a functional coop from recycled materials, it is important to know the essential components that all chicken coops should have. I am teaching an online class called Chicken Coop Basics on July 7, 6:30-8:30pm, that will help you give your chicken coop design a firm foundation. This class addresses minimal requirements for building a safe and comfortable home for your hens. You’ll learn the basic housing needs of backyard birds, construction materials to choose and avoid, important construction tips, and see different coop styles. More information about this online class is available at the link below.

Chicken Coop Basics, July 7, 6:30-8:30pm

Tip: A great place to find used building materials is at your local re-building warehouse. These are popping up all over the country to salvage unused building materials from construction projects, home remodeling, etc. and make them available to the consumer. Here are links to a few in the Chicago area:

Chicago Rebuilding Exchange

Maywood Reuse Depot

Habitat ReStore – many Chicago-area locations

Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse

Learn the Basics of Chicken Keeping: Outdoor Event, June 28!


UPDATE 6/24/21: This event will most likely be held indoors.

We are pleased to announce the first live, in-person event presented by Home to Roost in more than a year! Basic Backyard Chicken Keeping, June 28, 6:00 – 8:00pm at Lemont Public Library in Lemont, IL. Jennifer Murtoff will teach you the basics of raising chickens, from chick to adult bird. Bring your questions about chicken keeping to this live event!

This class is free and open to the public, regardless of where in IL you live. Register now at the link below:

Basic Backyard Chicken Keeping, June 28, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Lemont Public Library
50 E. Wend St.
Lemont, IL 60439

We hope to see you there, up close and in person!

Photo by Liz McCrory, kosmicstudio.org

Basic Chicken Keeping, Coop Classes at Fremont Public Library


I will be teaching Basic Chicken Keeping and Chicken Coop Basics for the Fremont Public Library (located in Mundelein, IL) in June and July. These online classes are open to all, regardless of where in the U.S. you live. Please note that all class information on predators and climate will be geared to the Chicago area. Register now at the links below!

Basic Backyard Chicken Keeping, Online — Fremont Public Library, June 23, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Learn the basics of raising backyard chickens, from chick to adult.

Chicken Coop Basics, Online — Fremont Public Library, July 7, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Learn the essential components of a chicken coop, important construction tips, and different coop styles. Do you have your own creative ideas for a coop? This class will teach you the basic elements that all coops need to have.

Help Your Hens Survive the Heat and Humidity!


Heat and humidity can be challenging for cold-hardy chicken breeds. Find out how to care for your hens during the hot weather in my online class, “Summer Chicken Care,” on June 2 at 6:00 pm. Learn how chickens cool themselves naturally and tips for helping them stay cool. I will also describe the signs of heat stroke and what to do to help an overheated bird.

This online class is hosted by the Chicago Rebuilding Exchange on Wed. June 2, 6:00 – 6:45 pm. More info is available Here.

Photo by Liz McCrory, kosmicstudio.org

Ever Wonder What Goes On Inside a Chicken’s Head?


Chickens view the world differently from predatory mammals. Join me for the online event “Bird Brains: Flock Psychology,” May 26 at 6pm, as I discuss how chickens interact with each other. I will demystify much that is puzzling about chicken behavior, including the “pecking order.”

This class is new for 2021 and hosted online by the Chicago Rebuilding Exchange. Register Here and get to know your birds better!

Jennifer Murtoff, Chicken Consultant
Photo by Liz McCrory of kosmicstudio.org

Reminder: Chicken Coop Basics — Online Event on May 19!


If you have questions about chicken coop design or construction, bring them to my online event “Chicken Coop Basics” on May 19, 6-8 pm! Learn the essential components of a coop, important construction tips, and different coop styles. Use what you learn to construct your own coop or evaluate an existing design.

This class will be hosted online by the Chicago Rebuilding Exchange. Registration information is available here.

As a free gift for participants, I am offering a copy of GRIT Backyard Chickens magazine. This publication is full of practical advice for chicken keepers. I wrote several articles in this year’s issue, on subjects including reasons to keep chickens, how to boost egg production, and the importance of chicken gut health.

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Register now and receive a free copy of Backyard Chickens magazine!

REMINDER: Basic Backyard Chicken Keeping — Online Event, May 12!


Bring your questions about raising chickens to my online class “Basic Backyard Chicken Keeping” on May 12, 6 – 8 pm! This class is for those who are new to chicken keeping or thinking about getting their own birds. Register now at the link below!

Basic Backyard Chicken Keeping — Wednesday, May 12, 6 – 8 pm

This is the first in a series of online classes I am presenting with the Chicago Rebuilding Exchange. As a free gift for participants, I am offering a copy of GRIT Backyard Chickens magazine. This publication is full of practical advice for chicken keepers. I wrote several articles in this year’s issue, on subjects including reasons to keep chickens, how to boost egg production, and the importance of chicken gut health.

Chicken_Magazine
Register now and receive a free copy of Backyard Chickens magazine!

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.