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Proposed Chicago Livestock Ordinance on Live from the Heartland on Nov. 9

Home to Roost will be discussing the proposed Chicago livestock ordinance on WLUW 88.7 FM at 9 am Saturday morning, 11/9, on Live from the Heartland.

Listen in to the conversation on the radio or online!

Live from the Heartland broadcasts from Loyola’s WLUW 88.7 FM every Saturday morning from 9-10 am with co-hosts Michael James, Katy Hogan & Thom Clark. For over 25 years, we’ve created marvelous conversation on all things Rogers Park & beyond, looking at community news, politics & culture. Streaming from with clips posted every week on our Facebook Page and or  

Sign-On to Oppose the Chicago Livestock Ordinance!

Chicago Livestock Action Alert (2)

A committee for the Chicago City Council has drafted an ordinance that would make it very expensive and difficult to raise a small flock of chickens, ducks, or other animals in your yard. There is no need to change Chicago’s current laws about flocks and livestock.

I’ve helped numerous families with small flocks of chickens, installed a chicken-keeping program in the Cook County Jail, and worked with other projects for schools, day cares, and affordable-housing programs. I also use my animals multiple times a year for educational purposes because the current laws are fair and make sense. We do not need to change our current legislation. 

Please take a minute to sign on to this statement and let the city council know that we don’t need to change the poultry laws in the city.

English: Sign-On to Oppose the Chicago Livestock Ordinance! →

español: Regístrese para oponerse a la Ordenanza de Ganado de Chicago →


New Chicago Ordinance Proposed to Affect Chickens: What to Do

For anyone asking what to do about the new proposed ordinance going before the Committee on License and Consumer Protection:

READ the proposed ordinance and Alderman Lopez’s summary post:


Contact your alderman, whether on the License committee or not. To find your ward and alderman, use this link.

  • Encourage them to go on the Coop Tour this weekend!
  • Explain your reaction to the proposed ordinance as a responsible chicken/livestock keeper.
  • Inform them about backyard chickens and other livestock, and how you manage yours to prevent problems they may have heard about.
  • Invite them to meet you and your animals – assuming you have a good example to show them – if not, work on that! So important!

We encourage people to build relationships with their Alder and Ward staff ahead of urgent issues – so they know you and can go to you for more info. Be among the people they are glad are in the ward making it a better place to live.


Windy City Coop Tour! Sept 21-22, 2019

Chicagoland Chicken Enthusiasts Presents

The 9th Annual Windy City Coop Tour 

Chicago, IL Sept. 9, 2019  The Windy City Coop Tour is back for its 9th year showcasing backyard poultry, eco-yards and urban livestock across Chicago! During this self-guided tour, hosts open their yards to visitors and share their experience keeping backyard livestock in an urban setting. The Windy City Coop Tour provides access to local examples of the broader nation-wide movement toward sustainable yards.

Cost: Free and open to the public!

When: Saturday September 21 10:00AM-1:00PM and 1:00-4:00PM
            Sunday September 22 10:00AM-1:00PM and 1:00-4:00PM.
Where: Windy City Coop Tour 2019 Map

How: To choose your itinerary, see: 2019 Tour Site Info for Visitors

 What can Visitors do on the Tour?

  • Visit any of 22 diverse locations spanning 17 of Chicago’s 50 wards. 
  • Learn about gardening, composting, permaculture, and rainwater harvesting as part of sustainable urban lifestyles. 
  • Bust common myths and misconceptions about urban livestock.
  • See a coop made from a backyard playset in Norwood Park.
  • Feed some goats at GlennArt Farm.
  • Learn about beekeeping in Edgewater.
  • Find out what a “chicken tractor” is in Douglas Park.
  • Discover hugelkultur in Bronzeville.


Why Hosts are Part of the Windy City Coop Tour

“We want to foster and support a healthy ecosystem in our backyard.”  – The Silvestros, Bronzeville

“We have a lot of great information to share! We are proud of our homemade set-up that has grown each year and hope to share our knowledge with others.” – Michael Marchi, Old Irving Park

“We look forward to hosting the Tour because we first went on the Tour before we even owned a home, and it’s fun to show others what can be done!” – The Vallartas, Galewood

“We are dedicated to the restoration of community on the West Side of Chicago. Having chickens and goats serves as an attraction and an education base.” -Carolyn Ioder, Austin

We love sharing our experience of a life of having chickens in the city. Our chickens are more popular in our neighborhood than we are!” – Chris Koster, East Douglas Park

Many sites are wheelchair accessible, and Tour hosts speak one or more of four languages. For details, visit

The Windy City Coop Tour is organized by Chicagoland Chicken Enthusiasts, a network of local poultry keepers and their allies moderated by Angelic Organics Learning Center. This press release is published on the web as 2019 Windy City Coop Tour PR.

Chickens at BarrieFest, Sept. 7

Come out for BarrieFest! Lots of fun, family-friendly activities, including Home to Roost and chickens!

  • Bounce house & obstacle course for all ages
  • Climbing wall
  • Legacy Sports multi-sport madness
  • Food from Carnivore and Knockout Cafe
  • Live music
  • Fire truck visit
  • Oak Park Library
  • Organization & business fair
  • Bike registration by Oak Park Police

Stop by between 12 and 5, Barrie Park at 1011 S Lombard Ave in Oak Park!


FINAL REMINDER: Chicken Keeping/Coop Building Classes July 20

Looking for a place to cool off and learn about chickens? Sign up for two classes at the Morton Arboretum on July 20. I’ll have a chicken walking around the classroom while you learn about how to care for backyard hens!

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

There are just a few slots open!

Hens looking for a home

THESE BIRDS NOW HAVE A HOME. Thanks, everyone.

Three healthy, laying hens free to a good home. They are on the north side of Chicago. We have two Buff Orpingtons (brown eggs) and one Ameraucana (blue eggs) that are all two years old. They are sweet, docile and quiet. We are looking to re-home them because they are not integrating well with our established flock, because our existing flock is too aggressive. We purchased the Orpingtons and Ameraucana five weeks ago from someone who needed to get rid of their flock. Again, they are healthy and would do well on their own, with other docile breeds, or in a brood with a rooster.

Home to Roost can vouch for the care these chickens have been given! They have great owners!