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Chicken Keeping and Coop Building Classes at the Morton Arboretum, July 20

Back by popular demand! Learn more about chicken keeping in these popular classes:

Backyard Chickens 101: Chicken Keeping and Backyard Chickens 102: Chicken Coop Basics

Space is limited, so register soon.



Rooster Ban Up for Vote May 23 in Unincorporated Cook County

An amendment to prohibit roosters and limit the number of chickens you can keep on less than 1 acre from 12 to 5 goes before the Cook County Board today, May 23.
If you live in unincorporated Cook, please contact your commissioners TODAY, Thurs., May 23, and ask them to vote NO to this proposed amendment.
While the Chicago chicken keeping community discourages keeping roosters due to noise levels, we fear that banning of roosters might lead to banning chickens altogether. I’m hoping the reasoning behind this ban isn’t applied to Chicago.

Brooder box needs home before May 23

CONTACT STEVE: groundhodg AT

He’s moving, needs someone to take this 24″ birch plywood chick brooder. Also has a fish tank. NEED TO GO before May 23.

The Limits of Urban Agriculture

Many people in cities are raising their own food, but what limits should be imposed on the practices involved? Read more here.

Coop Camp is less than a month away!

Have you signed up for Coop Camp yet?

Coop Camp is in Danville, IN ( just west of Indianapolis), June 7 to 9. Save the date for this weekend filled with chicken-y fun and great informational sessions on how to help your birds live healthier, happier lives!

**Home to Roost’s promo code is HTR!**

Check the Coop Camp website for more information!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Referral code for Coop Camp is LIVE

Home to Roost is speaking at Coop Camp in Danville, IN ( just west of Indianapolis), June 7 to 9. It’s a weekend of chicken-related fun and informational sessions!

Using a code during registration gets you, the Camper a 10% discount! My code is HTR. It is “live” and available now.

To use the code, go to the Coop Camp website:

Fill out the registration form first and then the payment form on the right hand side.  Press “Order Summary”  under Payment to get the code box to pop up if you’re on a phone rather than the computer.  Put the three letter code in the code box and continue with payment form.  Discount will show up at check-out.  Continue with payment.

Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you there!



Home to Roost Events for 2019

Upcoming Events and Classes for 2019

Feb. 9: Urban Livestock Expo, Southside Occupational Academy. Hear from urban livestock folks about how keep bees, goats, chickens, ducks, and quail. ¡Hay clases en español!

March 23: Good Food Festival, UIC Forum. I’ll be staffing a table and doing some short presentations.

April 6: Glen Ellyn Public Library. I’ll be doing a kids’ program on chickens and eggs.

May 11: Growin’ Green Garden Market, Glen Ellyn. I’ll do an Informational session and staff a display table.

June 7–9: Coop Dreams Coop Camp, Indianapolis, IN. Come for a weekend of chicken-related workshops, networking, and fun.

June 15–16: Custer Fair, Evanston. Enjoy this family-friendly street fair with fun and diverse vendors. I’ll be at a display table.

July 20: Morton Arboretum. Sign up for my popular basic chicken-keeping / coop building classes. Call 630-968-0074.

Sept. 21 or 28: Windy City Coop Tour. View coops in Chicago and suburbs and network with other chicken keepers.