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Visit my station at the Windy City Coop Tour on Saturday, Sept. 25!


During the 2021 Windy City Coop Tour I will be at the following tour location:

3717 N Kenneth Ave, Chicago IL 60641

Stop by anytime between 10am – 4pm on Saturday, Sept. 25! I will be talking about chickens and chicken keeping. The coop owner has 25 chickens, ranging in age from 15 weeks to nearly 8 years. Three of them are roosters, each with distinct roles in the flock.

I was at this same location last year. In the video below I am showing Coop Tour visitors how to locate a chicken’s crop. When it is filled with grain it feels like a beanbag or hackysack. We had a lot of visitors last year and are looking forward to an amazing experience again this year!

Time to Celebrate National Chicken Month!


Photo by Liz McCrory, kosmicstudio.org

In honor of the chicken, who provides so many of us with eggs, companionship, and entertainment… we are pleased to announce that September is National Chicken Month! We at Home to Roost strongly agree that a bird as important as the chicken should have its own month. After all, the average American ate 97.6 pounds of chicken in 2020, according to the National Chicken Council. And that number is expected to rise in the coming years.

Why September? For more than 20 years, the National Chicken Council has called on all of the major chicken producers in the U.S. to promote chicken sales in September, just as the summer grilling season begins winding down. Thanks to their efforts, September is now one of the year’s best-performing sales periods!

Visit the website NationalToday.com for a list of National Chicken Month Activities to help you celebrate, as well as some fast facts about chicken and the history of chicken dishes. Many restaurants are running specials on chicken dishes during this month, so it is definitely a great time to eat more chicken!

HOSTS NEEDED for Windy City Coop Tour! Apply by Friday, Sept. 3.


Register now to become a host of the 2021 Windy City Coop Tour and welcome participants to see your coop! You can host on either or both days of the Tour (Sept. 25 & 26), and choose a time slot that works in your schedule. Apply at the link below:

2021 Windy City Coop Tour Host Application

2021 Windy City Coop Tour is September 25 & 26

The Coop Tour is a self-guided tour of backyard coops and eco-spaces, presented by Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts and Home to Roost LLC in partnership with Advocates for Urban Agriculture. Visit the chicken coops of Chicagoland and see what is possible in terms of raising chickens and other urban livestock in your backyard!

More information about the 2021 Coop Tour is located HERE.

Visit with Home to Roost during the tour!

During the tour I will answer questions about chicken keeping and talk about the services of Home to Roost LLC. I will be stationed at the following tour location on Saturday, Sept. 25:

3717 N Kenneth
Chicago, IL 60641

I hope to see you there! Last year I was also at this location, talking with folks about chickens and chicken care:

Save the Date: Windy City Coop Tour, Sept. 25 & 26, 2021!


It’s that time of year again: visit the chicken coops of Chicagoland and see what is possible in terms of raising chickens and other urban livestock in your backyard!

The Coop Tour is a self-guided tour of backyard coops and eco-spaces, presented by Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts in partnership with Advocates for Urban Agriculture. The Tour also showcases other sustainability practices (intensive food production, rain gardens, pollinator habitat, composting, solar and other renewable energy…)

More information about the 2021 Tour is available HERE!

2021 Windy City Coop & Eco-Yard Tour
Saturday Sept. 25 & Sunday Sept. 26

Register to become a tour host!

Do you enjoy raising chickens and think you have a great coop? Do you love talking to people about your birds? Consider applying to become a host of the 2021 Windy City Coop Tour and invite participants to see your coop!

Host Registration deadline is August 27! The registration form is located HERE.

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!

Visit Home to Roost at SCARCE Growin’ Green Garden Market this Saturday, May 1!


I will have a booth at the Growin’ Green Garden Market this Saturday, May 1, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. I hope to see you there, up close and in person! (Or at least as up close as we can get at this time…)

This market is presented by SCARCE, featuring all manner of gardening supplies, seedlings, compost and more. I will bring a chicken and and give a short talk on the main points of chicken keeping. It is a family-friendly event, with lots of advice and vendors for green gardening!

LOCATION: SCARCE, 800 S Rohlwing Rd (IL Rt 53), Addison, IL

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!

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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!


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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.