Home to Roost will not be at Custer Fair This weekend.

Hi, everyone,

Due to illness, I’ll be unable to attend Custer Fair. I hope to see you at an event soon.


Hen or Roo?

I’m getting a kick out of all the “is this a hen or a rooster?” posts and questions! A few things to look for as you try to sex your birds:
1) Comb and wattles: The roos will generally develop larger combs/wattles than the hens of their breed.
2) Hackle and saddle feathers: The hackles are the feather around the neck. The saddle feathers drape along the sides of the back, between the wings and tail. Roos will have pointier, shinier hackle and saddle feathers.*
3) Tail feathers: Roos’ tail feathers will start to form the traditional sickle shape, forming a curve. They will also may develop a blue-green iridescence.*
4) Attitude: Roos may be a bit cockier than their female counterparts!
5) Practice crowing: At first this might sound pretty funny, like someone is strangling a set of bagpipes!
*NOTE: The hackle, saddle, and tail feathers does not apply to all breeds. Some are considered “hen feathered,” and the roos lack the male feathering.
I hope to get some pix up to point out these features! Hold tight – it’s my busy season. Feel free to post or drop an email if you have a burning hen-or-roo question!

Lisle, IL, looking for input on backyard chickens

The Lisle Village Board is seeking community input on backyard chickens. Survey ends May 31. Find more information here.

Coop and hens for rehoming

Contact csands930 AT gmail
From the owner: Small coop (2 nesting boxes) with attached run w slanted shingled roof. Feeder and water container, warning lamp and submersible water heater(for those freezing winters) all included. 2 hens currently reside here, a small bantam and an even smaller French silkie. Both still lay, though they are definitely slowing down. I would love another urban agriculture enthusiast to take them!!

Chicken keeping classes at the Morton Arboretum – April 21, 2018

Come out to the Morton Arboretum to learn more about keeping chickens!

I’m giving my basic chicken keeping class, followed by my coops class.

Learn the essential skills and knowledge for raising happy, healthy backyard chickens. Whether you’re exploring the possibility of chicken-keeping or already have your own birds, join local chicken expert Jen Murtoff to find out about best practices for raising chicks, caring for adult birds, and keeping your neighbors happy!Continue your learning by signing up for Backyard Chickens 102: Chicken Coop Basics that afternoon.

Instructor: Jen Murtoff, owner, Home to Roost LLC
Notes: Limit 20

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Thornhill Education Center

$29.00 member
$34.00 nonmember

CALL: 630-719-2468 (or to be wait listed)
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.





All in a day’s work

Today’s chicken consulting duties involved advising a new chicken momma on keeping her babies warm – but not too warm!

I also went to see a client whose bird had a respiratory infection, and we discussed options for her chicken, who also has an issue with her leg. I’m also working on finding a home for the other chicken, who’ll be alone when her sister is gone. The owner does not plan on getting more chickens.

My last call for the day was an emergency visit for torticollis, or wry neck. I think the bird will be just fine with some vitamins and TLC!

Silkie looking for home

Hi, everyone! I have a chicken client in Oak Park who has two silkie hens. One has a respiratory infection and a broken or possibly dislocated leg. My client is likely going to put down the sick/injured one, and she’d like to rehome the other one.
She has taken the one with the respiratory infection to Niles Animal Hospital and the bird is on antibiotics.
Would anyone be interested in adopting a silkie hen? Or, even better, rehabbing her sister, too?
If you’d be interested in them, contact Katie at 773 two six three 7639.