Posts Tagged ‘hen’

Chicken Adoptions: Prairie Crossing: TIME SENSITIVE


Chicken Adoptions!

[NOTE: If you are interested in introducing chickens to an existing flock, the process is often difficult and result in dead birds, due to disease or social adjustment. Read Avian Introductions on my blog for some tips. Note also that these hens have most likely reached their max in terms of laying.]

The Prairie Crossing Learning Farm in Grayslake is seeking adoptive homes for our chickens! The current flock of pasture-raised chickens came to the Learning Farm as one-day-old chicks 2 years ago. They immediately engage farm visitors with their gentle clucking, and entertaining chicken behaviors! The chickens have provided certified organic eggs to Learning Farm customers, educational opportunities to Farm Campers and tour participants, and real farm work volunteer opportunities to our dedicated Hen House Helpers.

The reality of farm life and economics is that the Learning Farm is unable to continue to support this aging flock. During this past year, egg production has diminished significantly and we have been unable to provide enough eggs to our loyal customers. Most commercial operations maintain their flocks for only one year, but the Learning Farm committed to maintaining this flock for two years — until November of 2012.

We will offer free hens (no roosters) to adoptive homes on Saturday, November 3 from 2-4 p.m. All chicken adoptions must take place during this timeframe, so we are providing as much advance notice as possible. Please come to the farm during this timeframe to select chickens, or send someone else on your behalf. Many towns have regulations about maintaining chickens in your backyard, so please make sure you know what those are before taking home a chicken. All chicken adoptions are final, and are first come/first served. Please bring a large box or dog crate lined with newspaper to transport your chicken(s). Our address is 32400 N. Harris Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.  Please read the very bottom of our website for directions to our farm as some internet maps are incorrect – www.prairiecrossing.com/farm/learning.php.

The Learning Farm flock is composed the following varieties of heritage breed chickens:

  • Barred Rocks
  • Black Australorps
  • Buff Orpingtons
  • Rhode Island Reds

We hope to connect many backyard chicken enthusiasts with our chickens as possible. Please help us spread the word! After this chicken adoption day, the rest of the flock will be humanely butchered. We are still working through the details on when a new flock of chickens will be brought to the Learning Farm, so stay posted for more information. The Learning Farm remains committed to raising chickens for educational opportunities, production of local eggs, and meaningful volunteer experiences.

Thank you!

Erin Cummisford

Liberty Prairie Foundation

ecummisford@prairiecrossing.com

www.prairiecrossing.com/farm/learning.php

 

10 Nov., 2012: Home to Roost Teaching Basic Backyard Chicken Care Workshop


Basic Backyard Chicken Care

November 10, 2012 10:00 AM to 1 PM 

Location: Chicago’s Logan Square area (TBD). See Angelic Organics Learning Center site for details as they become available.

NEW: This year we will have access to a functioning chicken coop!

Farm fresh eggs from your own back yard?

YES!

Please join us for this Cadillac of chicken-keeping classes! This 3-hour workshop covers best practices forBasic Backyard Chicken Care in Chicago and surrounding communities. Raising chickens as pets and for eggs is LEGAL in Chicago – and part of our growing local food and urban agriculture scene. Learn how to keep you, your chickens, & your neighbors happy – from daily needs and year-round care to relevant city regulations. You will leave the workshop with the knowledge, recommendations, and resources you need for your own home flock – and you’ll make connections with other chicken enthusiasts in Chicago.

For more info and to register, visit the Angelic Organics Learning Center site.

22-23 September, 2012: Windy City Coop Tour


Come out to see Chicago’s finest… chicken coops! Go from house to house, visiting and chatting with chicken owners and other enthusiasts! This family-friendly event is also bike friendly.

We’re working on getting the event together, so save the date, and keep your eye on the blog for more details. In the meantime, here is the link where all information will be posted: https://sites.google.com/site/chicagochickenenthusi/events/windy-city-coop-tour

 

Chickens Proposed as Part of Compensation for Employment


Reporter Joshua Foust provided the Atlantic with a story on hens in lieu of monetary compensation in Uzbekistan. Apparently the chickens are to be imported from Serbia.

This is similar to my blog post on raising chickens in exchange for healthcare.

A French village recently proposed giving chickens to citizens in order to eliminate waste.

Chicken Ordinance Report


In February of 2010, students of Dr. Hugh Bartling at DePaul University conducted a survey of more than 20 U.S. municipalities that allow chickens. The survey focused on how the laws were implemented and the issues that arose. Read the original report here. 

Iowa City Joins the Backyard Chicken Movement


I got a call yesterday from the University of Iowa and spoke to a reporter who documented the Iowa City chicken-keeping efforts in this article, published online today (4/17/2012).

This movement was seeded by a former chicken keeper from Albuquerque who wanted backyard hens at her new home.

“Everyone comes to the table with different reasons [for urban chicken keeping],” said LaBadie, who organized several chicken-keeping groups in Albuquerque. “… But it’s not like it’s a brand-new thing. They’re allowed in New York City, Los Angeles, Albuquerque, and larger urban areas. I feel like they could work in Iowa City.”

Go, Iowa!

 

Garden Designs for the Urban Chicken Farmer


If you’re looking for a resource to help you design a garden that will work well with your hens, Free-Range Chicken Gardens may be a good resource. From the book’s website:

In Free-Range Chicken Gardens, award-winning garden designer Jessi Bloom covers everything a gardener needs to know, including chicken-keeping basics, simple garden plans to get you started, tips on attractive fencing options, the best plants and plants to avoid, and step-by-step instructions for getting your chicken garden up and running. For anyone who wants a fabulous garden where colorful chickens happily roam, this essential handbook is the guide that will bring the dream home to roost.

Enjoy, and happy gardening!