Posts Tagged ‘classes’

Ever Wonder What Goes On Inside a Chicken’s Head?


Chickens view the world differently from predatory mammals. Join me for the online event “Bird Brains: Flock Psychology,” May 26 at 6pm, as I discuss how chickens interact with each other. I will demystify much that is puzzling about chicken behavior, including the “pecking order.”

This class is new for 2021 and hosted online by the Chicago Rebuilding Exchange. Register Here and get to know your birds better!

Jennifer Murtoff, Chicken Consultant
Photo by Liz McCrory of kosmicstudio.org

Reminder: Chicken Coop Basics — Online Event on May 19!


If you have questions about chicken coop design or construction, bring them to my online event “Chicken Coop Basics” on May 19, 6-8 pm! Learn the essential components of a coop, important construction tips, and different coop styles. Use what you learn to construct your own coop or evaluate an existing design.

This class will be hosted online by the Chicago Rebuilding Exchange. Registration information is available here.

As a free gift for participants, I am offering a copy of GRIT Backyard Chickens magazine. This publication is full of practical advice for chicken keepers. I wrote several articles in this year’s issue, on subjects including reasons to keep chickens, how to boost egg production, and the importance of chicken gut health.

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Register now and receive a free copy of Backyard Chickens magazine!

Upcoming Chicken Classes: Learn to Raise and House Your Hens Right!


I will be teaching a series of chicken classes online for the Chicago Rebuilding Exchange, starting with “Basic Backyard Chicken Keeping” on May 12. If you have questions about coop design or construction, come to my “Chicken Coop Basics” class on May 19! I will also be offering an encore of my popular new class “Bird Brains: Flock Psychology” on May 26. Then, just in time for the hot weather, come to “Summer Chicken Care” on June 2 and learn how to keep your flock cool during the dog days of summer. Register at the links below!

Basic Backyard Chicken Keeping (Virtual)May 12, 6-8 pm
Learn the basics of raising backyard chickens.

Chicken Coop Basics: (Virtual) – May 19, 6-8 pm
Bring your questions and learn the essential components of a chicken coop, important construction tips, and different coop styles. Use what you learn to construct your own coop or evaluate an existing design.

Bird Brains: Flock Psychology (Virtual) – May 26, 6:00 – 6:45 pm
Find out more about what goes on inside a chicken’s head and how it can help you understand your birds.

Summer Chicken Care (Virtual) – June 2, 6:00 – 6:45 pm

Heat and humidity can be challenging for cold-hardy chicken breeds. Find out how to care for your hens during the dog days of summer.

Jennifer Murtoff of Home to Roost LLC helps city folks raise chickens in the Chicagoland area.
Photo by Liz McCrory, kosmicstudio.org

Reminder: Chicken Coop Basics, Online with Chicago Botanic Garden on April 27!


UPDATE 4/22/21: Unfortunately, this class has been cancelled. Please see the Classes & Events page for future classes with Home to Roost!

For those of you who have questions about chicken coop design or construction, I am teaching an online class, Chicken Coop Basics, for the Chicago Botanic Garden on April 27! Bring your questions and learn the essential components of a coop, important construction tips, and different coop styles. Use what you learn to construct your own coop or evaluate an existing design. Register now for this class at the link below.

Chicken Coop Basics: Online — April 27, 6-8 pm

Please note that all registrations must be submitted online 2 days before your class starts.

Photo courtesy Melissa Goodridge

Home to Roost Classes with Chicago Botanic Garden Start April 20!


I will be teaching three online classes for the Chicago Botanic Garden this spring, including my Basic Chicken Keeping Class, my Coop Class, and a new class for 2021: Duck Keeping 101! (UPDATE 4/15/21: Unfortunately, Duck Keeping has been canceled due to circumstances beyond our control. )

Register now for these classes at the links below. Please note that all registrations must be submitted online 2 days before your class starts.

Basic Chicken Keeping Concepts: Online — April 20, 6-8 pm
Considering getting chickens, or already have your own birds? Learn tips and tricks on how to raise chicks, care for adult birds, prevent common problems, and keep your neighbors happy.

Chicken Coop Basics: Online — April 27, 6-8 pm
Discover all you need to know about building a safe and comfortable home for your hens. Learn the basic needs of backyard birds, the essential components of a coop, important construction tips, and different coop styles. Use what you learn to construct your own coop or evaluate an existing design.

Special Offer

While supplies last, we are pleased to offer a free copy of GRIT Backyard Chickens magazine to everyone who signs up for a class!

GRIT Backyard Chickens magazine provides helpful information on topics such as choosing the right chicken breed, nutrition, preventing frostbite, and shoring up your coop against predators. The latest issue includes several articles authored by Home to Roost: Reasons to keep backyard chickens, the importance of gut health, and how to boost egg production.

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Sign up for a chicken class presented by Home to Roost and Chicago Botanic Garden and get a free copy of GRIT Backyard Chickens Magazine!

Basic Backyard Chicken Keeping — Virtual Event with Tinley Park Public Library, March 24, 2021


Are you new to chicken keeping, or thinking about getting your own birds? Join us for Basic Backyard Chicken Keeping — Online Class with Tinley Park Public Library on Wednesday, March 24 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm!

Registration information is located here.

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 about chicken keeping, choose and raise chicks, and care for adult birds. This online class is open to all, regardless of location.

NOTE: This class is geared to the Chicagoland area, including predators and climate.

Basic Backyard Chicken Keeping — Online Class with Wauconda Area Library on March 6!


Are you new to chicken keeping, or thinking about getting your own birds? Join us for Basic Backyard Chicken Keeping — Online Class with Wauconda Area Library on Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 1:00pm – 2:30pm!

Registration information is located here.

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 about chicken keeping, choose and raise chicks, and care for adult birds. This online class is open to all, regardless of location.

NOTE: This class is geared to the Chicagoland area, including predators and climate.

Japanese Quail make delightful pets — learn more during “Quail: An Overview” on March 3!


“(Coturnix japonica #Japanese Quail)” by Lin Sun-Fong is licensed with CC BY-SA 2.0.

We know you all love chickens, but let’s hear it for quail!! Specifically, 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 during “Quail: An Overview,” an online class presented by Home to Roost LLC and the Chicago Rebuilding Exchange.

Quail: An Overview (online class), $15

Wednesday, March 3, 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

Registration info is located here.

Japanese quail eggs are small and adorable!
New best friends!

Register Now for “Bird Brains: Flock Psychology” (virtual) on February 22!


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.

Register now for Bird Brains: Flock Psychology, February 22, 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

Registration info is available here. This online class is presented by Home to Roost LLC and the Chicago Rebuilding Exchange.

While supplies last, we are pleased to offer a free copy of GRIT Backyard Chickens magazine to everyone who signs up for the class!

GRIT Backyard Chickens magazine provides helpful information on topics such as choosing the right chicken breed, nutrition, preventing frostbite, and shoring up your coop against predators. The latest issue includes several articles authored by Home to Roost: reasons to keep backyard chickens, the importance of gut health, and how to boost egg production.

Register now for Chicken Keeping Classes and get free bag of Nutrena feed


Home to Roost’s series of online classes, hosted by the Chicago Rebuilding Exchange and starting on February 8, offers a wealth of information about raising backyard hens. We are pleased to offer a coupon for a free bag of Nutrena chicken feed and a free copy of GRIT Backyard Chickens magazine to everyone who signs up for a class!*

Sign up for a chicken class with the Rebuilding Exchange and get a free copy of GRIT Backyard Chickens Magazine!

GRIT Backyard Chickens magazine provides helpful information on topics such as choosing the right chicken breed, nutrition, preventing frostbite, and shoring up your coop against predators. The latest issue includes several articles authored by Home to Roost: reasons to keep backyard chickens, the importance of gut health, and how to boost egg production. 

Register Now for Home to Roost Classes!

Basic Backyard Chicken Keeping – Online, February 8, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Chicken Coop Basics – Online, February 11, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

NEW! Bird Brains: Flock Psychology – Online, February 22, 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

NEW! Quail: An Overview – Online, March 3, 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

Chicken Health – Online, April 5, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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

* Home to Roost wishes to thank Cargill for providing the coupons for Nutrena chicken feed. These coupons are only redeemable for Nutrena brand chicken feed, not for other brands of feed. Class attendees who wish to receive the coupon and magazine will be asked to supply their mailing addresses. This offer is good while supplies last. One offer per household.