Upcoming Events and Classes


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

Thurs., November 13: Urban Chicken Health 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!
Sun., November 16: Urban Chicken Keeping OPPL poster_LocalEpicureanNov_v1-1, Oak Park Public Library, 2-4 PM
Hope to see you soon!
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Chicken-related lawsuit threat indicates deeper issues?


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.

 

*We apologize for our earlier misspelling. Our editor was out of the office when this post was published. The responsible parties have been sacked.

COOP TOUR this weekend


The FIFTH annual Windy City Coop Tour is up and running.
The Tour this year is Saturday-Sunday September 20-21, from 10AM to 2PM each day.For more information, check out the official site. 

Home to Roost will be at 4622 N Avers Ave.

 

Hope to see you there!

Chicken Classes with Angelic Organics Learning Center


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.

Saturday, Nov. 8: Basic Backyard Chicken Care
Sunday, Nov. 13: Urban Chicken Health Care
Join me for these valuable classes on backyard chicken care.

A blow to urban and suburban agriculture in Michigan


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.

 

Rooster infertility? What’s next?!


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.

Chicken coop and flock for sale/adoption


Chicken coop for sale! See 

 
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