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Windy City Coop Tour Roosting for 2022

A message from our fantastic Coop Tour coordinator, Jenny Addison. An FYI and a call for help!

The Windy City Coop Tour is Roosting for 2022! Don’t panic! You haven’t seen the last Windy City Coop Tour.

Real talk: it’s been a rough couple of years for your Friendly Neighborhood Coop Tour Coordinator here. In 2021, I had ample time to devote to planning due to pandemic unemployment (yay?) and we had an awesome Tour! But the planning process is complex and delegating tasks to volunteers without significant training is its own challenge. This means the work falls almost entirely to Yours Truly. This year, I started a new job in May (yay!), and my capacity to devote to planning the Tour is low – the bandwidth isn’t there this year.

This doesn’t mean CCE will lie fallow! Improving the Tour and CCE in a meaningful and intentional way has ben on my mind for a few years. Our supporting organization, Advocates for Urban Agriculture, and our own Chicken Educator Extraordinaire, Jen Murtoff of Home To Roost are involved and we are in agreement that the Tour needs a year off to get our ducks in a row. The impetus for this process is to ensure the Tour and CCE thrives, and that our resources and systems are clearly established so when the time comes, passing the torch be smooth and successful. I am excited to take this time instead to re-group and streamline the planning process.

With your support, we can get there! Thank you for your patience, and I can’t wait to see you all in 2023!

– Jenny –

Home to Roost Rate Increase

At the suggestion of a number of loyal clients, Home to Roost’s rates are increasing as of of 12 September, 2022. We’ve kept our rates the same for the last 14 years, so it’s time!

Check out our list of services here. Need something not on this list? Just ask!

If you have a chicken issue and the rate presents a hardship, let’s talk.

Home to Roost at Barrie Fest, Saturday, 9/10

UPDATE: Home to Roost will NOT be attending this event, due to recovery from surgery.

Come out on Saturday for Barriefest, meet Maria the chicken, and ask me anything about these amazing underrated fowl!

Sept 10, Saturday, from 12pm-5pm

Join us for fun, food, and friendship in Barrie Park! Activities include:
Bounce house/Climbing wall/Inflatable obstacle course
Food from Takeout 25
Music from School of Rock, Ovation Academy, Oak Leyden Choir and Jim Haptonstahl
Organization & business fair
Oak Park Library kids storytime
Bicycle safety check from Wheel & Sprocket
Popify ice pops
Story Walk from Collaboration for Early Childhood

Home to Roost: Limited Availability 8-23 to Beginning of September

I’ll be having a medical procedure on August 23, 2022, and will have limited availability for a while. I will likely be able to do phone and Zoom consultations, but house calls will be limited. If necessary I can make arrangements to see your bird at my home.

Chicken Basics class June 11, 1-3 pm at Bensenville Public Library and on Zoom

Register for my basic chicken-keeping class at the Bensenville Public Library, 6/11, 1-3 pm! In person and on Zoom.

Looking for unique chicken stories

Do you live in Chicago and have a unique chicken story?

A media outlet and I are looking for a chicken story with structure (an arc, etc.), and some form of “stakes.” The finished form will be 6 minutes, so it has to be efficient.

Please send to hometoroostllc AT gmail dot com:

–1-2 paragraphs describing your “chicken story”

–Pix of your coop and birds

I’ll send further details if we’re interested in your story.


Back to Nature event at Lake View Nature Center, Oakbrook Terrace, June 3, 5:30-8:30 pm

Bring the whole family for a FREE fun-filled evening with animals (chickens!), crafts, games – even a campfire! Register by May 31 to ensure there are enough supplies so everyone can participate!

Click here for further information!

Avian Flu Update from Illinois Dept of Natural Resources


Effective today, IDNR is recommending a halt to the use of bird feeders and bird baths through May 31, or until avian flu infections in the Midwest subside, especially those that waterfowl may visit. During spring, wild birds will have ample food sources while bird feeders are removed.

HPAI has not been detected in songbird species (passerines) at this time.

Further recommendations from the agency:

👉🏼 Clean and rinse bird feeders and baths with a diluted bleach solution (nine parts water to one part bleach) and put away or clean weekly if they can’t be moved away from birds.

👉🏼 Remove any bird seed at the base of bird feeders to discourage large gatherings of birds or other wildlife.

👉🏼 Avoid feeding wild birds in close proximity to domestic flocks.

If five or more deceased wild birds are observed in one location, an IDNR district wildlife biologist should be contacted. Contact information for district wildlife biologists can be found at…/contact-an-idnr…/. USDA Wildlife Services also may be contacted at 1-866-487-3297.

In addition, IDNR requests all occurrences of deceased or sick bald eagles be reported to the agency.

Ald. Lopez, no friend of fowl, running for Chicago mayor

In 2019, Alderman Raymond Lopez proposed an ordinance severely limiting backyard chickens and livestock in the city. He is now running for mayor. Consider this as you go to the polls in 2023. (

Although groups with interests in chickens and urban ag reached out to Ald. Lopez in 2019, he and Ald. Napolitano crafted a proposed ordinance without input from the large number of people in the city who own chickens and other animals traditionally classified as livestock. 

The 2019 ordinance proposed limiting chickens, goats, and other traditional farm animals in the city and charged licensing fees per animal. Martha Boyd from Angelic Organics Learning Center and I, along with others from the urban ag community successfully pushed back, and the ordinance did not pass. Currently there are no regulations in place. 

Here is coverage on the 2019 ordinance:

First-hand account of HPAI outbreak

This small farm in New York lost a large number of birds to HPAI. The birds were likely infected by migratory birds flying overhead. Birds under cover were unaffected.

If you have sudden deaths in your flock, report it immediately to the USDA APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) and state veterinarian.