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Online Chicken-Keeping Class, March 16, 6-8 PM Central Time

I’m offering my popular basic chicken-keeping class ONLINE on March 16, 6 PM central time. Click here to register by March 15:

Join Chicago-based chicken consultant Jennifer Murtoff of Home to Roost LLC for this popular 2-hr class on caring for chicks and hens! This session offers a wealth of information on caring for chickens and is the first in a series of chicken-keeping classes on health, coops, winter care, summer care, and flock psychology. See all class offerings at

Photo by Liz McCrory,

Free Chicken-Keeping Class, March 1, 2023

Join me and Maria the chicken for a chicken-keeping class on March 1, 2023, from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Fossil Ridge Public Library, 386 W Kennedy Rd, Braidwood, IL 60408.

We’ll talk about choosing breeds, chick care, care of adult birds, legal considerations, and other important topics!

Register here:

FREE Webinar on Avian Influenza, Feb. 28, 2023

Join Dr. Julie Gauthier, DVM, Assistant Director for Poultry Health at USDA, and other poultry health experts for a webinar and live question and answer session. As part of APHIS’ Bird Health Awareness Week, Dr. Gauthier will host a discussion about what avian influenza is, how it impacts different segments of the poultry industry and the surrounding communities, and respond to the most frequent questions asked by poultry owners.

Call for volunteer attorney or CPA

Are you a chicken owner who is also an attorney and/or CPA? Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts is looking for someone to advise on or help with setting up a 501(c)3 and other matters related to our community.

If you’re interested, reach out to me by making a comment below or on using the Contact tab and let me know where your experience lies.

Call for Web Design in Chicago Chicken Community

Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts is looking for help with reworking our existing website (a Google site,

If you have expertise in this area, we’d love your advice (and possibly some hands-on assistance) with

-Rebuilding the site

-Making it mobile friendly

-Choosing a platform (WordPress, Weebly, Squarespace?)

-Investigating options/pricing (domain, email, site, storage)

If you’re interested, reach out to me by making a comment below or on using the Contact tab and let me know where your experience lies.


FREE Chicken-Keeping Classes, Spring 2023

Come out for the following classes taught by Home to Roost at local libraries. Learn about choosing and caring for chicks, keeping adult birds, building a coop, and legal considerations.

Jan. 25, Weds., 6-8 pm, St. Charles Public Library

March 1, Weds., 5-730 pm, Fossil Ridge Public Library

May 20, Sat.,1-3 pm, Darien Public Library

June 10, Sat.,1-3 pm, Westmont Public Library

I look forward to seeing you!

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.