Posts Tagged ‘raise’

March 12, 2011: Backyard Chicken Basics Workshop with Home to Roost


It’s that time again!

Come join Angelic Organics and Home to Roost for a class on raising chickens!

Basic Backyard Chicken Care

    March 12, 2011 10:00am – 1:00pm

    chicken

    Farm fresh eggs from your own back yard?

    YES!

    Please join us for a workshop on best practices for Basic 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.

    Keep yourself, your chickens, AND your neighbors happy – from daily needs and year-round care to relevant city regulations.

    Our instructor is the informative and engaging Jen Murtoff of Home to Roost Urban Chicken Consulting.

    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, visit our Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts Google site, moderated by Learning Center staff.

    For more information about the Learning Center’s registration & refund policies – click here. If the workshop fee presents a barrier to your participation, please inquire about limited work-exchange scholarships. For Chicago workshops, contact chicago@learngrowconnect.org.

    Actual costs of workshops are close to double our workshop fees. If you are able, please consider making an additional donation to help cover the full cost of your workshop.

    Price: $35.00
    Location:

    Angelic Organics Learning Center
    6400 S Kimbark Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60637 US
    First Presbyterian Church of Chicago

    Go to the Angelic Organics site page to register.

    Mike Nowak Talks Chickens


    Mike Nowak, Chicago’s premiere urban gardening radio host, has picked up the chicken trend here in Chicago. His November 14, 2010, radio show featured Martha Boyd with Angelic Organics Learning Center.

    Mike thinks chickens are funny – well, a friend told me that any word with a “k” in it sounds funny – so when I tell folks I’m an urban chicken consultant, to prevent myself from chuckling, I just remember that words with a “k” in them sound funny!

    Check out Mike’s web page for the urban chicken links and the podcast! If you want to skip to the urban chicken bit, it begins at around 1:42.

    Serama rooster

    Serama rooster

    Lombard, IL, Considers Chickens


    I answered my phone yesterday and found myself speaking to a reporter from the Lombard Daily Herald. It seems Lombard residents have caught the chicken bug (not to be confused with avian flu) and are working to get their city council to consider allowing backyard fowl! Let’s hope that Lombard’s efforts have the same effect as Evanston’s! Check out the Daily Herald article here.

    Read more about Evanston’s successful efforts: Evanston Debates Chicken Ordinance, Chickens now allowed to roost in Evanston!

    More on backyard chickens in urban areas: Chicagoland’s Chicken Population: For the ‘Burbs? Are Hens Right for Your City? 5 Reasons for Urban Chickens, Reasons to Raise Chickens

    The bottom line, in the opinion of the urban chicken consultant, is education. A well-informed chicken-keeping populace makes decisions that are better for the neighbors, the hens, and the city. Education goes a long way in convincing city council that this is a valid and worthwhile prospect.

    Thinking about chickens? Join me for the Backyard Chicken Basics class on 11/6!

    Reasons to Raise Chickens


    Why raise chickens?

    Well, being a chicken fancier, I’d say the answer is obvious. But if you need some convincing—better yet, if your spouse/significant other/parents need some convincing!—here’s my list of answers to that question.

    1. Eggs. ‘Nuff said. Actually, they’re fresher, tastier, and look better than store-bought eggs. The yolk will be perky and a deep yellow from natural compounds called xanthophylls that the hens get from corn, alfalfa, or other greens. For more info on eggs and egg-carton labels, see my post Egg Labels: What’s in a Name?
    2. Education. Kids as much as adults need to realize that a good answer for the question, “Where do eggs come from?” is not “The store.” It’s a great educational process (as well as an exercise in responsibility) for kids (and adults) to care for another living creature.
    3. Health. Yup, those backyard eggs will most likely be salmonella free! Hens that are well kept will not succumb to disease and will most likely not harbor salmonella bacteria. For more info, see my post The Scoop on Salmonella in Eggs.
    4. Self-Sufficiency. The closeted pioneer in all of us swells with pride when we see a source of food running around in the backyard. Whether folks choose to eat just the eggs or to eat the chickens, too, we feel we’re pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps, contributing to a larger good for the health of the world.
    5. Animal Welfare. If you’ve not seen pictures of laying hens in battery cages, Google it. It’s not a pretty sight. For every hen in someone’s backyard, one less battery hen will be tortured for her short (2 years max) existence. We all get that one.
    6. Composting. So if your kids won’t turn your compost pile, the chickens will! Lots of tasty creepy-crawlies live in compost heaps. Hens want these delectable sources of protein—so they scratch and dig for them. They also love to dustbathe, which involves kicking up all kinds of dirt.
    7. Poop. Mmmmm… Nitrogen-rich fertilizer! What could be better for the garden? Chicken poop has lots of ammonia, which decomposes into nitrogen. Caveat emptor, however: chicken poop is hot compost and should be properly processed before applying to plants. For more info on this see The scoop on poop, or how is poop like raku pottery?
    8. Personality. Yep, chickens have them—in abundance. You’ll discover the mischievous one, the singer, the clown, the psychopath, the leader, the sweetheart. They’re all out there,  waiting to meet you!
    9. Simplicity. There is something sacred and unique that ties people with animals with the land. Keeping chickens is a celebration of something less hurried, more wholesome, and timeless, a kind of ecological synergy.
    10. Fun. I’ve always had fun with chickens, since I was 10. Baby chicks are about the cutest things you’ll ever see, next to… well, I can’t think of anything! It’s great to watch them grow into awkward teenagers, with their gangly legs and changing voices. And getting your first egg is really something to crow about! The ladies are endlessly entertaining as they pick up their skirts and chase some tasty tidbit or come in for an afternoon snack on the porch.

    Have some reasons of your own? Please feel free to post!

    Home to Roost Leading Backyard Chicken Basics Workshop


    Join Chicago’s Angelic Organics Learning Center’s Backyard Chicken Basic Workshop on 11/6/2010. Go to the website to register: http://www.learngrowconnect.org/node/2769

    There are 35 slots, but they generally sell out quickly. Home to Roost will be presenting the workshop.

    This is a great opportunity to connect with other chicken people!

    Basic Backyard Chicken Care

    November 6, 2010 1:00pm

    LS chicken

    Farm fresh eggs from your own back yard?

    YES!

    Please join us for a workshop on best practices for Basic 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. (Visit our Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts google group for more info.)

    For more information about the Learning Center’s registration & refund policies – click here. If the workshop fee presents a barrier to your participation, please inquire about limited work-exchange scholarships. For Chicago workshops, contact chicago@learngrowconnect.org.

    Actual costs of workshops are close to double our workshop fees. If you are able, please consider making an additional donation to help cover the full cost of your workshop.

    Price: $40.00
    Location:

    Angelic Organics Learning Center’s Chicago Office
    6400 S Kimbark Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60637 US
    First Presbyterian Church of Chicago