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Residents of Rogers Park neighborhood in Chicago

New neighbors are looking for a place to house their four hens. They will be in the 2000 block of W Fargo. If you’re interested in co-sharing chickens in Rogers Park (or otherwise assisting in a solution for helping a chicken-loving family keep their birds!), contact Gretchen: 218-348-4665. Need to find a solution by Feb. 2.

Thank you for your help!



Roo in Villa Park IL looking for home


Jorge in Villa Park is looking for a home for this lovely roo! He’s a beauty!

Blue-laced Wyandotte mix.

Great diagnostic post on “What killed my chicken?”

If your chickens are missing, dead, or injured, you should figure out what got them to prevent future occurrences.

This great post by chicken guru Gail Damerow will help with your detective work!:



Bid on Chicken Consulting at International Chamber Artists’ benefit, 10/21

What better way to combine classical music and chickens than to donate an hour of chicken consulting to the ICA silent auction?

Bid on 1 hour of chicken consulting, the book Pro Patria (which I edited), and other great items at the International Chamber Artists’ Annual Benefit, Harvest Harmony, on Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 3 to 6 PM at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Club, 220 S. Michigan.

Windy City Coop Tour this weekend!

Chicago’s chicken-keeping community invites you to an open house of backyard chicken coops and eco-yards! Tour coops of your choice in Homewood, Barrington, and in between.Chi-chik-ens flag

Whether you’re thinking about getting chickens, have just started a flock this year, or have been keeping chickens for a long time, this event is for you and your family.* Learn tips and tricks, connect with other chicken people, and share ideas and insights.

DATES: Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23 from 10 am til 4 pm.

Find more information, including very important tour guidelines, site map, descriptions of each location, and language(s) spoken, at the Windy City Coop Tour’s site.  Please note the date and time eachIMG_2969 location is open and go only during those times.

Home to Roost will be stationed at 3717 N. Kenneth on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 to 4, offering helpful tips on chicken health. Feel free to stop by with your questions.

*Due to health and safety concerns, tour hosts cannot admit pets.

Harvest Day 2018 at Garfield Park Conservatory

Come out for Harvest Day at Garfield Park Conservatory, Saturday, September 15, 2018, from 12 to 4 pm. Meet goats and chickens, learn about bees, and participate in fun activities for the whole family. For more information, visit the conservatory’s website.

This will be Home to Roost’s first year without MaryAnn, but Buttercup and Blossom will likely be there.


Rest in Peace, MaryAnn the Chicken

Many of you will no doubt remember MaryAnn, my favorite teaching assistant, from my classes and events. She was gently assisted out of this world by her owner last week. She was a wonderful girl, who lived to a ripe old age of about 10. Always gentle, patient, and good with kids, she was quite keen on snacks, and even laid an egg during classes! She will be missed greatly.

Leave a memory in the comments and send me any pix you might have of her! I’ll post them here.

Hanging out in my backyard before an event. “Just a chicken” certainly does not describe this bird!

Having a drink with sister Blossom. She was the lead hen, definitely the senior. Her sisters Ginger and Mrs. Howell passed years ago, so she ruled the roost for a good, long time.

In her cage in the car, where we had many deep conversations. I got a few photos to capture the memory when I realized she wouldn’t be with us much longer.

Coming out of her carrier to inspect the WGN green room. It sometimes took her a bit to warm up to a situation, but once she felt safe, she was the star of the show.

From humble beginnings to an interview on Michigan Avenue. MaryAnn was always aware that, for a chicken, she led a charmed life and was one lucky lady.

Getting comfortable in the WGN green room. Always adaptable, she seemed to fit right in with her surroundings.

MaryAnn chats up Steve Bertrand on air. She continually impressed people with her command of diverse and sundry topics.

This is one of my favorite pix of MaryAnn. She was always patient with kids; even moreso if treats were involved.