The Limits of Urban Agriculture


Many people in cities are raising their own food, but what limits should be imposed on the practices involved? Read more here.

Coop Camp is less than a month away!


Have you signed up for Coop Camp yet?

Coop Camp is in Danville, IN ( just west of Indianapolis), June 7 to 9. Save the date for this weekend filled with chicken-y fun and great informational sessions on how to help your birds live healthier, happier lives!

**Home to Roost’s promo code is HTR!**

Check the Coop Camp website for more information!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

SAVE THE DATES: Windy City Coop/Eco-Yard Tour


SAVE THE DATES for the 2019 Windy City Coop & Eco-Yard Tour on Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday. Sept. 22, from 10 am to 1 pm and/or 1 pm to 4 pm each day. If you want to HELP or HOST, contact martha AT learngrowconnect.org!

Join us on September 21 and 22 and see some of Chicago’s urban chickens. See how folks have configured their coops, pick up tips and pointers, and enjoy the company of other chicken people.

Enthusiastic volunteers are always welcome, so contact Martha (martha AT learngrowconnect.org), our coop tour coordinator to help OR have your coop or yard featured on the tour.

Growin’ Green Market in Glen Ellyn this Saturday, May 11


UPDATE: Time is 9 AM to 1 PM

Come out for green and growing fun with SCARCE at the Growin’ Green Market, this Saturday, May 11, from 9 am to 1 pm at SCARCE, 799 Roosevelt Road, Glen Ellyn.

There will be mini-sessions on composting, bee keeping, permaculture, and, of course, chicken keeping.

You can also order or purchase rain barrels, seedlings and saplings, sign up for a CSA, and pick up some compost!

Bring the kids and invite your neighbors!

Virulent Newcastle Disease Found in Chickens in California


Cases of Virulent Newcastle disease (vND) in chickens have been reported in the Western US. This highly contagious virus can cause disease and death in various kinds of poultry, as well as in parrots. Nearly 100 percent of unvaccinated birds may die. Even flocks vaccinated for vND are not completely safe.

There have been 422 cases of vND in California, including 132 in San Bernardino County, 246 in Riverside County, 42 in Los Angeles County, 1 in Ventura County, and 1 in Alameda County; 1 case in Utah County, Utah; 1 case in Coconino County, Arizona.

Symptoms are varied but may include lethargy; lack of appetite; respiratory issues (sneezing, gasping, coughing); fluids coming from nose and mouth; greenish, watery diarrhea; swelling of eyes and neck; and sudden death. It may also cause paralysis. Note that

The virus often originates in illegally imported exotics that have not undergone USDA quarantine.  It can be transmitted by contact with infected birds; by feed, water, air, manure; on hands, clothes, shoes, and equipment; by animal feet; and in incubators contaminated by eggs from infected hens.

FAQs for Chicago Chicken Owners

Do I need to be worried? Probably not, unless you’ve traveled to the areas affected and interacted with poultry or poultry owners.

What is the risk to humans? There are no reported cases of people getting sick from eating infected poultry that is properly cooked. In humans, the virus that causes vND can cause conjunctivitis (pink eye).

How can I keep my chickens safe? Practice good biosecurity, using the following tips:

  • Quarantine any new birds for 30 days.
  • Know your flock’s history. Do not take in birds whose origins and bill of health are not known.
  • Wash hands and clean shoes thoroughly when entering or leaving a place with poultry.
  • Disinfect equipment (e.g., such as coops, incubators, feeders) before it comes on to or leaves your property.
  • For more info on biosecurity, see the USDA’s tips at the Defend the Flock website.

What do I do if I think my bird has vND? Ask an avian vet to run a pathology report. This disease should be reported to state and federal officials. Call the USDA at 1-866-536-7593 and the Illinois Bureau of Animal Health and Welfare at 217-782-4944

Where do I find more information on vND?

USDA Animal and Plant Health and Inspection Service’s vND page

Photos of poultry infected with vND

Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Animals pages

 

Referral code for Coop Camp is LIVE


Home to Roost is speaking at Coop Camp in Danville, IN ( just west of Indianapolis), June 7 to 9. It’s a weekend of chicken-related fun and informational sessions!

Using a code during registration gets you, the Camper a 10% discount! My code is HTR. It is “live” and available now.

To use the code, go to the Coop Camp website:  http://www.fadedjeans.tv/coop-camp.html

Fill out the registration form first and then the payment form on the right hand side.  Press “Order Summary”  under Payment to get the code box to pop up if you’re on a phone rather than the computer.  Put the three letter code in the code box and continue with payment form.  Discount will show up at check-out.  Continue with payment.

Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you there!

Jen

 

Good Food Expo March 23


Good Food Expo is March 23! I’m presenting, along with dozens of Chicago’s leading farmers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and inspiring citizen DIY enthusiasts! Free workshops! Free soil screening for lead! Details, schedule and more at: bit.ly/GoodFoodCommonsatGoodFoodExpo2019 . The #goodfoodEXPO is the Midwest’s Premier Showcase for Local and Sustainable Food! More at: goodfoodexpo.org

My presentations are
Quail: 11:45-12:15
Chicken Basics: 2:45-3:15
Chicken Health: 3:30-4:00