Class Descriptions

Home to Roost teaches classes at local libraries, conservatories, and other venues throughout the year. Online classes are available as well. See below for a list of available classes. If your organization is interested in hosting a class, or you would like a class that is not on the list, please contact Jennifer Murtoff at or 708-259-6877.

More information about Home to Roost LLC and a downloadable list of classes is available here.

NOTE: All classes are geared to the Chicagoland area, including predators and climate.

Basic Backyard Chicken Keeping

This class is designed for curious folks who are considering getting chickens, as well as for those who already have their own birds. Learn how to find local laws, choose and raise chicks, and care for adult birds.

Class Length: 2 hours

Chicken Coop Basics

This class addresses minimal requirements for building a safe and comfortable home for your hens. You’ll learn the basic housing needs of backyard birds. Find out the essential components of a coop, construction materials to choose and avoid, and important construction tips, and see different coop styles.

Class Length: 2 hours

Chicken Health

What are the common health issues chickens face, and how can you treat them? Better yet, how can you keep your flock healthy? This class addresses chicken physiology, disease prevention and transmission, as well as chicken first aid.

Class Length: 2.5 hours

Snow Birds: Winter Care for Chickens

While most breeds of chickens are tolerant of cold weather, this class will provide information on how to help your hens through the winter. This class addresses the coop, the run, freezing water, feed, and the birds themselves.

Class Length: 1 – 1.5 hours

Chickens in Summer

Heat and humidity can be challenging for cold-hardy chicken breeds. How do chickens cool themselves naturally? Do you know the signs of heat stroke? What can you do to help an overheated bird? Find out how to care for your hens during the dog days of summer.

Class Length: 1 hour

Bird Brains: Flock Psychology

How do chickens think? They view the world differently from predatory mammals. Find out more about what goes on inside a chicken’s head and how it can help you understand your birds.

Class Length: 30-45 minutes

Quail: An Overview

Learn the basics of raising Japanese quail. These small birds are delightful and easy to care for! Find out more about the birds, their diet, and how to house them.

Class Length: 30-45 minutes

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