After talking to Anne Ford about her piece on me in the Chicago Reader, Charlie Simokaitis of Groundfire Pictures contacted me and asked if I’d be willing to allow him and his partner Jason Creps to create a short film segment on my work with chickens.
He wanted to feature exotic chickens, and Steve English and Ryan Steinbach’s ornamental chicken haven in Beverly came to mind. After doing some interviewing and filming at my home (including my international chicken collection!), we moved to Steve and Ryan’s place for the real stars!
The resulting video is a masterpiece! Enjoy the gallery of behind-the-scenes shots, too!
Just for fun, here are the pictures from the house I was stationed at on this year’s coop tour! Goats, chickens, ducks, quail–all in the city limits.
Sun., October 5: Harvest Festival at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 11-3. Home to Roost will have a booth. Come out and pet a hen and talk chicken!
Sat., October 25: Chicken Basics and Winter Care at the Chicago Botanic Garden: Go here and search on chicken. The Botanic Garden offers a discount if you take both classes.
Sat., November 8: Basic Backyard Chicken Care with Angelic Organics Learning Center, location TBD
Sat., November 15: Chicken keeping talk
at Skokie Public Library, 1-2 PM: This talk will be about the reasons WHY people keep chickens; it will be helpful for people who are wondering what all the fuss is about and for those who want to meet some real hens! It is NOT
a class on keeping chickens, since chickens are not (YET) allowed in Skokie. So bring your neighbor and come meet others who like chickens. Then change the local laws!
Hope to see you soon!
Can Rep. Bruce Braley work on bipartisan issues if he threatens litigious action when a neighbor’s chickens meander into his yard? Read more here.
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Home to Roost will be teaching two workshops with Angelic Organics Learning Center this fall. Registration for both workshops is via Angelic Organics Learning Center’s website. Venues are still to be confirmed.
Join me for these valuable classes on backyard chicken care.
At a special meeting Monday, the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development removed Right to Farm protection for farm animals raised in neighborhoods with more than 13 homes within 1/8 of a mile of the animals, or with any home within 250 feet of the proposed facility….
The Right to Farm Act was created in 1981 to protect farmers from the complaints of people from the city who moved to the country and then attempted to make it more urban with anti-farming ordinances. These new changes will affect residents of rural Michigan too. Shady Grove Farm in Gwinn, Michigan is on six and a half acres and homes 150 egg-laying hens that provide eggs to a local co-op and a local restaurant. This small Michigan farm also homes sheep for wool and a few turkeys and meat chickens to provide fresh healthy, local poultry.
Read more about this change here and here.
Roosters’ fertility problem hits U.S. chicken supply, lifts prices (Reuters) – The world’s largest chicken breeder has discovered that a key breed of rooster has a genetic issue that is reducing its fertility, adding to problems constraining U.S. poultry production and raising prices at a time when beef and pork prices are already at record highs.