Fall Workshops for Backyard Chicken Keepers

REGISTER NOW for Angelic Organics Learning Center’s workshops for keepers of backyard chickens this fall.

1) Basic Backyard Chicken Care

Saturday November 8, 2014, 1:30PM-4:30PM

Irving Park United Methodist Church, 3801 N Keeler Ave. Chicago, IL 60641

Cost: $35 Offered by Angelic Organics Learning Center and taught by Home to Roost Urban Chicken Consultant Jen Murtoff, who calls it “the Cadillac of backyard chicken workshops.”

2) Urban Chicken Health Care

Thursday November 13, 2014, 6PM-8:30PM

Irving Park United Methodist Church, 3801 N Keeler Ave. Chicago, IL 60641

Cost: $35 This is an *advanced workshop* for chicken keepers who are already experienced in basic care, and who want to advance their knowledge and skills. Developed and taught by Home to Roost Urban Chicken Consultant Jen Murtoff, the workshop will cover prevention, basic troubleshooting, and care for common chicken health issues and injuries.

3) Chicken Butchery

Sunday, November 9, 2014,  1PM-4PM

At our rural learning center at Angelic Organics farm in Caledonia, IL (about 90 minutes west of Chicago)

Cost  $65 Although keeping chickens for the purpose of slaughtering for food is not legal within Chicago city limits, you can learn to slaughter a chicken humanely, whether to eat or because it’s ailing or injured.

More info and registration is on our website. There’s a 10% off discount on all of our fall classes at the Farm: use the code “WB2014FALL” during checkout to get your discount. You can see our full list of classes at http://www.learngrowconnect.org/events.

Groundfire Pictures Covers Chickens and the Chicken Consultant

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!

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Windy City Coop Tour Pictures

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.

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.

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.



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