New Chicks at Belmont Feed and Seed
New chicks & ducklings coming in today. We are receiving: Araucanas,
Buff Orpingtons, Barred Rocks, Isa Browns (Red Stars), Rhode Island
Reds,Silver Laced Wyandottes Light Brahmas & Silkie Bantams along with
some Pekin ducklings.
3036 W Belmont Ave
(between Albany Ave & Whipple St)
Chicago, IL 60618
Here is a great site post for those of you who faithfully watch chicken poop for signs of disease!
It features pix of poops ranging from normal to parasite laden! Yeah, it’s kind of gross, but poop is really important for knowing what is going on inside of a bird!
Chicken Poop Page!
Earth Fest 2011, a gathering of eco-friendly vendors, groups, children’s activities and live entertainment, is seeking vendors for the event set for 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sat., May 21 at the Oak Park Public Works Center, 201 South Blvd.
This year’s event will feature vendor booths and a variety of kid-friendly activities available outside at the Public Works Center. Some of the items available from the vendors will include clothing, personal care items, books gardening items, services for health and sustainable living, and more.
The event also will coincide with a celebration of Public Works Day, which will feature an open house to give the public an inside look at the LEED-certified Public Works Center with an up-close look at the building and equipment, snacks and much more.
For more information on Earth Fest or to reserve your booth for the event, call 708.660.1443 or e-mail email@example.com.
Home to Roost will be at the Cheney Mansion’s Green Sunday event again this year! Come out for family fun!
More information to come!
- Margot sketched her proposed coop design, and we discussed several ideas for making chickens feel at home.
UIC’s Family Farmed Expo was nicely done and well attended! There was a great selection of topics and vendors, and the chicken panel had a great turnout!
The panel included Martha Boyd, Program Director of Angelic Organics Learning Center; John Emrich, owner of Backyard Chicken Run; and Jen Murtoff, owner of Home to Roost Urban Chicken Consulting. Sarah Elizabeth Ippel, founder and director of the Academy for Global Citizenship, did a fabulous job as moderator!
We discussed our chicken-related interests and businesses, then did a brief presentation on the backyard chicken movement in Chicago.
Then we turned to the audience for a great round of Q&A! A fun time was had by all!
One of the services I provide to urban chicken keepers is a Healthy Hens visit.
This generally involves checking the chickens for any signs of disease, addressing any questions the owner has about the flock, and checking out the coop.
Recently I visited an urban chicken owner in Chicago who owned a lovely flock that included a game bantam, a buff Orpington, a silver laced Wyandotte, a speckled Leghorn, and a barred rock.
The little bantam was showing signs of being picked on, and her owner wanted my opinion on the situation, as well as the health of her birds and the layout of the coop.
Tammy, the game bantam turned out to be an older bird, and the others were indeed picking on her. The others were all healthy and happy! My recommendation was to separate Tammy from the others, and I provided other suggestions about the coop, perches, food, and water. I also showed the owner how to assess the health of her birds.
Here are some pix from this healthy hens visit!
It’s quite an entertaining event when you introduce kids to chickens! It’s even more entertaining when the kids are well versed in incubation and hatching!
My chicken friends and I visited Old St. Mary’s School on South Michigan Avenue on March 15. The kids were great! They were well prepared, had good questions, and were well behaved. They asked some really interesting questions and then got a chance to touch a hen!
Check out the slides from my time there!
Where can you find the most interactive, family-friendly green fair in Chicago? Check out the Green Metropolis Fair, hosted by Mindful Metropolis magazine and Green Parents Network! April 16, 10am-4pm, at the Irish American Heritage Center (IAHC), 4626 N. Knox Ave., Chicago.
The festival features an amazing day of activities for both adults and children with an emphasis on fun for the whole family.
Green Living Topics!
- Chickens! Home to Roost will have a vendor table and a panel discussion from 12 to 1 PM.
- how to compost effectively in the city with the Urban Worm Girl, Stephanie Davies,
- growing and preserving fruits and vegetables year-round in small spaces
- participate in interactive workshops
- making your home energy-efficient and sustainably beautiful
Petting zoo! Children will get an opportunity to pet goats, rabbits and other furry critters!
Movies! The festival will screen two films:
- Dirt! The Movie, narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis. This film focuses on the wonderment of the soil. “Made from the same elements as the stars, plants and animals, and us, dirt is very much alive.”
- Vanishing of the Bees explores the lives of honeybees and the phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder associated with the mysterious disappearance of honeybees across our planet.
Green Merchants! The festival also features a retail marketplace where vendors from all over the Chicago area will be selling their wares.
- organic baby and children’s clothing
- naturally scented soy candles
- beautiful jewelry
- home furnishings made from repurposed ordinary items
Admission is free, but a non-perishable food item donation is requested. All are welcome regardless of ability to donate.
The IAHC is conveniently located off I-90/94, the CTA Blue Line stop at Montrose and multiple bus routes. There is also ample free parking.
Visit www.greenmetropolisfair.com for more details, call 312.281.5199 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is part of the MindfuLive! Event Series. More information about these events can be found at www.mindfulmetropolis.com.