- Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens by Gail Damerow: An indepth guide for folks just starting to raise chickens
- Chicken Coops by Judy Pangman: 45 coop designs for city, country, and small- and large-scale farms
- The Chicken Health Handbook by Gail Damerow: For the larger scale, experienced chicken raiser
- The Small-Scale Poultry Flock by Harvery Ussery: Great book that works with the birds’ natural behaviors
SUPPLIES/CHICKS IN CHICAGO
- Backyard Chicken Run feed and supply home-delivery service
- The Feed Store, Harlem and 55
- Belmont Feed and Seed, 3036 W. Belmont, Chicago
- My Pet Chicken*
- McMurray Hatchery*
*NOTE: Mail ordering chicks can be stressful for the birds. You will get “filler” chicks that may be roosters. Shipments can also get lost in the mail.
- Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts Google Group: Chicago’s premiere community of chicken owners
- The Chicago Backyard Poultry Meetup Group
CERTIFIED AVIAN VETS
Tell them I sent you! Home to Roost endorses these practices in the Chicagoland area.
- Dr. Peter Sakas,Niles, Niles Animal Hospital
- Dr. Susan Horton Skokie, Chicago Exotics
- Dr. Byron de la Navarre, Chicago, Animal House of Chicago
- Drs. Ness and Nye, Lisle, Ness Exotic Wellness Center
Need a hand while you’re out of town? Here is a list of folks who are interested in offering this service.
NOTE: Home to Roost does not endorse or screen chicken sitters and can take no responsibility for quality of care. See my post suggesting chicken sitting for some ideas of how you might choose a chicken sitter.
If you find a chicken and need to find a home for it, contact farms and animal rescues in rural areas. Remember to make a donation. Here are a few for starters:
- SASHA Farm Sanctuary, Manchester, MI (no-kill)
- Animal Welfare League, Chicago Ridge, IL (NOT no-kill)
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