Home to Roost Services


Service Components Rate**
Assessment Consultation

“How will chickens fit into my life?”

  • About 1 hour at your residence
  • Assessment of space and coop plan
  • Information on care and keeping of chickens
  • Answers to questions at time of consultation or via e-mail follow-up*
  • One free 15-minute phone consultation after initial visit
$60
New Babies Consultation

“It’s a girl! Where’s the instruction manual?”

  • A visit to your residence to help give your chicks a healthy start (1-2 hours)
  • Advice and/or assistance with setting up brooder box
  • Information on feeding, watering, and general care of chicks, information about common illnesses in chicks
  • Answers to questions at time of consultation or via e-mail follow-up*
  • One free 15-minute phone consultation after initial visit
$60-90
Empty Nest Consultation

“All grown up! Now what?”

  • A visit to your residence to help your pullets transition to their new coop (about 1 hour)
  • Information on feeding, watering, egg laying general care, and common illnesses
  • Answers to questions at time of consultation or via e-mail follow-up*
  • One free 15-minute phone consultation
$60
Healthy Hen Consultation

“How are the ladies?”

  • A visit to your residence to make sure that your hens are healthy (about 1 hour)
  • Information on feeding, watering, egg laying general care, and common illnesses
  • Answers to questions at time of consultation or via e-mail follow-up*
  • One free 15-minute phone consultation
$60
Emergency Phone Call

“Oh, no! My chicken is sick!”

  • Troubleshooting advice over the phone for a sick bird
  • Phone call fee can be applied to Emergency House Call fee if I come out within 24 hours
$20
(payable by PayPal or check prior to phone call)
Emergency House Call

“Oh, no! My chicken is sick!”

  • A visit to your residence to assess a sick bird (about 1 hour)
  • Research to determine possible causes of sickness
  • Care to address problem, if possible, OR suggestions for care (may include referral for veterinary medicine)
  • Suggestions for follow-up care and care for other members of flock*
$75
Home to Roost Exclusive Package
  • Includes Assessment, New Babies, Empty Nest, Healthy Hen consultations
  • 30 minutes of phone consultation*
  • One emergency house call
$300
Busy Biddies Add-On Service

“I want chickens, but I don’t have time to go out and get everything for them!”

  • Procurement of supplies needed for your chickens
  • All goods purchased will be sold to you at-cost with no mark-up.
$35 per hour, billable in ½- hour increments
Home to Roost Presentations
  • Presentations on urban chickens for your group
  • Call or email to request more information
Rate varies

*Research may be provided via email to answer questions.
**All fees are due at time of service, except for the Home to Roost Package, which is prepaid at the time of the Assessment Consultation.

Call 708-524-5038 or post a comment below if you have questions.

30 responses to this post.

  1. Hello!
    I just found your site, I really like what you are doing! I’ve have urban chickens and ducks in Pilsen for three years and am looking to connect with other urban chicken keepers. My house mate and I both grew up with chickens on an organic farm and I worked with MSU Extension on avian health outreach for two years. We are interested in offering vacation and holiday hen care (similar to a dog walking service) in the City of Chicago and were wondering if you had any suggestions for us. We would also like to be more involved in outreach and offer some workshops similar to what you have been doing. I taught three day events and smaller workshops on poultry for 4-H and FFA clubs, schools, nature centers and places like that before I moved to the big city, and would love to be more involved and offer my resources. I just started a blog that I’m hoping will be geared towards keeping chickens in Chicago and the unique challenges and rewards that offers with articles on care, health, etc. If you have any contacts or advice for us that would be wonderful,
    Sincerely,

    Anna & Jess

    Reply

  2. Posted by Marie on October 4, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Just have a couple of questions. Being an animal lover, do you kill the chickens for food or are they used just for egg production? What happens to the male chicks that are born? In factory farms, the male chicks are ground up alive in a grinder. I miss eating eggs, being a vegan, but if I knew that you didn’t kill any of your chicks, I would love to buy eggs from you. Is that possible?
    Thank you for your help on this matter.

    Reply

    • Thanks for your question and your concern for the welfare of these animals, Marie! I’ve put some feelers out to folks who have their own hens in the area.
      Best,
      Jennifer

      Reply

  3. Posted by Shardae on April 25, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Hello:

    I’m a senior journalism student at Columbia College Chicago and for my final project I have to create a mock special editon of Time Out Chicago Magazine and I’ve decided to do it on Chicken. We’re featuring lots of Chicago chicken things, but when I came across your blog, this was so interesting. If you wouldn’t mind, could I ask you a few questions via e-mail? Again, it’s only a mock magazine but I graduate in three weeks and really want to ace this class. I think you would be the perfect addition to my project.

    Thank you,

    Shardae

    Reply

  4. Hi Jennifer,
    We met recently at Earth Fest and I have been talking to neighbors and friends about having you come present to a group of potential chicken owners, probably 6-8 (not sure if you have a minimum). It would likely be in my backyard in OP if you can do such a thing. Wondering about details, price etc.
    Thank you,
    Bryan Northup

    Reply

  5. Posted by Anu Paruchuri on August 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Hi, my name is Anu Paruchuri. I’m the Vice-Chair for the Chicago Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee. Would you be interesting in speaking at one of our monthly lunchtime meetings? Feel free to email me any time – very intrigued by your work!

    Reply

  6. Posted by Lisa Paraday on August 18, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Good Morning: do you know if having 3hens would be legal in LaGrange?? Thank you!

    Reply

  7. Posted by cheryl munoz on January 27, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Hi, Jen!
    I am a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Oak Park (Unity Temple) and we are planning a Green Fair for this Spring. Our focus will be on making healthier choices for our homes and I thought raising chickens certainly fit in with our theme. We would like to know if you are interested in presenting/ tabling at our event. We don’t have a date set yet but will soon.

    I really enjoyed your website. Those hens are beautiful!

    All the best,
    Cheryl Munoz
    773.988.6205

    Reply

  8. Posted by Sarah on February 14, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Hi Jen!

    We are currently looking for an apartment in Chicago and while we know there are landlords out there that are open to a small flock we are at a loss as to where to start in finding one! Any advice? Or anyone else on here know of any landlords??

    Thanks!
    Sarah

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  9. Posted by Kim Wilson on August 20, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Jennifer, my two chickens have taken to sleeping outside this summer. They like to be on the railings outside the back door. I just figure it’s probably due to the hot weather but even now that it’s cooler they still don’t like to go back in the coop at night. They will go back and lay their eggs in the morning in the coop. Is this some thing I should worry about since winter will be here before long?

    Reply

    • Hi, Kim –
      Yes, try to get them back into the coop. At night they will be easy prey for owls, and winter is just around the corner. As it gets dusk and they head up to the railings, pick them up and put them in the coop. Hopefully they will get used to the coop routine!
      (I need to get your book back to you – it’s in my car!).
      Jen

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  10. Posted by Susan on January 5, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Hi Jennifer, We have a 4H poultry group and we were wondering if you would come out to talk with the kids and check out our coop. Can you give me a rough estimate on the cost to the group for this service? We are located near the Oak Forest / Tinley Park area. Susan

    Reply

  11. Posted by Liz on January 22, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Hi Jen,
    I looked up the ordinances for my city – Wheaton and it doesn’t allow for chicken coops outside the home. I have really been considering chickens and wanted to consult with you and now I am so bummed. Is there anything I can do to change the code?

    Reply

    • Hi, Liz-
      Yes, there are number of measures you can take.
      Get neighbors to write letters to your city council, submit a formal request for a change, present the idea at a town meeting, have neighbors and others in Wheaton sign petitions, ask council members to visit coops in the area to see what backyard chicken keeping is like, etc.
      Arlington Heights is currently working on this process, with a hearing tonight, as are Park Ridge, Glencoe, and a few others.
      I can contact you offline with a few names of people who are working on this. It would be good to come tonight to the board meeting in AH, too.
      Jen

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  12. Posted by Rebecca V. on January 29, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Hi Jen,
    I am in the process of setting up our very first coop! I have a coop being built and I have ordered 4 pullets since I don’t have the time to put into chicks. I am at a bit of a loss in terms of getting started, what gear I actually need etc. Do you offer your services in the suburbs?

    Reply

  13. Hi Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago Environmental club The GreenCycleGroup Is celebrating Earth Day with a theme “food for thought” Regarding urban agriculture. We are looking for speakers for a panel session and thought yours would be an interesting take.

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  14. Hi, We would like to set up a call. One of our hens has a prolapsed vent. We have followed all of the recommendations, but the prolapse is severe and while we have stopped egg production, we have not been successful getting the vent to stay put. We are torn – we have already spent a lot on this hen and are quite fond of her, but, from what we have read, it sounds like even if we can fix the problem now, it is likely to recur. Would love your advice. Thank you.

    Reply

  15. Posted by Leann Lolli on January 9, 2014 at 11:40 am

    What would you charge for showing up for a village meeting as a “chicken expert”? Downers Grove’s council is meeting Tuesday night the 14th.

    Reply

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