Chicken Missing from Oak Park, IL, Home

Hi, Oak Park readers,

Please keep an eye out for a chicken:

Our chicken got out and we have not seen our Red Jewels since 4/17, Thursday noon. We live around 1100 South block of Grove Ave. Thank you!

If you see her, message me, and I”ll connect you to the owners.


Chickens in Homewood, IL

On April 13, 2014 the Homewood Village Board decided to draft an ordinance to allow chicken keeping.

Home to Roost will be supporting the Homewood chicken keepers with classes. Watch the blog for more info.

Chicken Feed Recall

Purina released a recall on poultry feeds distributed in the Pacific Northwest.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 16, 2014 – The Purina Animal Nutrition LLC feed plant in Portland, Ore., has initiated a limited recall of certain poultry feeds due to the potential for lower-than-expected vitamin and trace mineral levels. The products were distributed to retailers in Oregon and Washington. 


Allstate Insurance and Chickens

Allstate Insurance recently covered Chicago’s urban chicken trend! Check out the article for a great infographic on regulations for local municipalities.

Arizona House Votes on Bill to Require Cities to Allow Chickens

Calling it an issue of “economic freedom,” an Arizona House panel voted Tuesday to force cities to allow residents to have poultry.

Read more here. 

2014 Classes and Appearances

Interested in taking a class with Home to Roost? Here are my upcoming events. Not able to attend? Contact me for an in-home session. 
Chicago Botanic Garden, Basic Chicken Keeping and Coop Building classes: go to and search on “chickens”
Oak Park Conservatory: chicken keeping class:
Oak Park Conservatory: chicken health class:
Class on keeping your birds healthy, as well as advice on what to do in various scenarios.
I’ll also be offering a chicken health class in July with Angelic Organics Learning Center; date TBD.

Soil in the City Conference, June 29-July 2, 2014

June 29 – July 2, 2014

The theme of this conference is “restoring our available urban land and optimizing local resources, while protecting environmental and human health and enhancing socio-cultural dialogue.” The conference will focus on three themes: (i) Urban Gardening, (ii) Green Infrastructures, and (iii) Greening Brownfields. This conference is for anyone working with planning, designing, constructing, and/or maintaining urban infrastructures and outdoor areas, including engineers, landscape architects, designers, biosolids management leaders, contractors/consultants, developers, builders, city planners, arborists, foresters, urban gardeners, researchers, and educators.

Crowne Plaza Hotel, 160 E Huron St., Chicago, Illinois 60661

Early registration ends April 15

For more information and to links to registration, click here.

Agenda: Soil in the City 2014 Program with Tour Description


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