What do you want to hear about at the Urban Livestock Expo on Feb. 3?

The annual Advocates for Urban Agriculture Livestock Expo is almost here! Join us on Feb. 3 from 11 to 2. Check out my survey on the Livestock Expo Facebook page!

You can also fill out the poll below. 

Frog the Rooster Greets His Human

In case you haven’t seen it yet, this is the sweetest thing. Frog the rooster runs to greet Savannah, his owner when she comes home from school.

This reminds me of my favorite hen, a sweet cochin bantam named Blackie.

Gorgeous Chicken Quilt

I found this lovely chicken quilt online today! It’s stunning. If anyone wants to get me a birthday gift, this would be a good one! Of course, at this price, you’d have to like me a lot!

A Country Journal (The Chicken Quilt)


Villa Park, IL, approves chicken pilot program

Good news from Villa Park. The community development committee has approved a pilot program for chicken keeping!

However, the program itself has yet to be developed and put in place. From the Villa Park Backyard Chickens Facebook page:

After a lengthy conversation with the Villa Park community development committee on December 14, it was decided to create a pilot program for backyard chickens in Villa Park.

We have not created this program yet and the program will need to be approved. Because of the holiday and travel, the process has been put on hold. I personally hope we can get it in place for the 2018 spring season, as that’s when chicks are available.

Chicken Tuesdays is online!

Check out this indie film starring chickens, as well as Tim Norris, Chicago chicken keeper, as Sasquatch! Tim and I provided expert chicken wrangling for the film crew and actors. The cast of thousands is made up of members of the Chicago chicken keeping community! It was a day full of chicken-related fun!

Give the gift of a chicken class!

Looking for a unique gift idea? How about a chicken-keeping class?


In-home assessment consultation
I’ll come to your home on your schedule to discuss the ins and outs of chicken keeping: chicks, adults, coop, end of life, nutrition. $60/hr (+mileage). Leave a message below!

Advocates for Urban Agriculture’s Urban Livestock Expo, Feb 3, Chicago High School for Ag Sciences
I’ll be staffing a table and doing some short presentations. I’ll be able to field quick questions. This is an informational event rather than a full-blown class. Information here.

Three Rivers Public Library, Minooka Branch, Feb 24
Basic chicken-keeping class. Register here.

Good Food Festival, March 24, UIC Forum
I’ll be staffing a table and doing some short presentations. I’ll be able to field quick questions. This is an informational event rather than a full-blown class.

Morton Arboretum, April 21
Basic chicken-keeping class and coop building class. Class not posted yet; call for more info:  630-968-0074

Wauconda Public Library, May 22
Basic chicken-keeping class. Class not yet posted; call for more information: 847.526.6225

Stay tuned for more events; I’ll post them to the blog as I have more information.







Flock Looking for Home!

Contact: Winnie Kearns
winnie DOT kearns AT gmail
seven-seven-three 680-3861
We have 4 adult birds, 3 1/2 years old.  We got them from Belmont Feed and Seed and they have been VERY healthy and successful, laying 8-10 eggs/week this summer.  We have 2 Barred Rocks, and ISA Brown and a Rhode Island Red.  We have loved them thoroughly, but we will be traveling a good deal in the next few months, and caring for them daily is getting more difficult.  We would love for them to go to a good home where they might be able to socialize and continue to be cared for.  We have food and heating watering stand to travel with them if that is helpful.