Posts Tagged ‘chicken’

22-23 September, 2012: UPDATES on Windy City Coop Tour

Come out to see Chicago’s finest… chicken coops! Go from house to house, visiting and chatting with chicken owners and other enthusiasts! This family-friendly event is also bike friendly.

NEW: Home to Roost will be stationed at Location  5 from 10-12 on Saturday and at Location 6 from 12-2 on Sunday.

NEW: Complete information with maps and locations is now on the coop tour webpage. 


Chicken Adoptions: Prairie Crossing: TIME SENSITIVE

Chicken Adoptions!

[NOTE: If you are interested in introducing chickens to an existing flock, the process is often difficult and result in dead birds, due to disease or social adjustment. Read Avian Introductions on my blog for some tips. Note also that these hens have most likely reached their max in terms of laying.]

The Prairie Crossing Learning Farm in Grayslake is seeking adoptive homes for our chickens! The current flock of pasture-raised chickens came to the Learning Farm as one-day-old chicks 2 years ago. They immediately engage farm visitors with their gentle clucking, and entertaining chicken behaviors! The chickens have provided certified organic eggs to Learning Farm customers, educational opportunities to Farm Campers and tour participants, and real farm work volunteer opportunities to our dedicated Hen House Helpers.

The reality of farm life and economics is that the Learning Farm is unable to continue to support this aging flock. During this past year, egg production has diminished significantly and we have been unable to provide enough eggs to our loyal customers. Most commercial operations maintain their flocks for only one year, but the Learning Farm committed to maintaining this flock for two years — until November of 2012.

We will offer free hens (no roosters) to adoptive homes on Saturday, November 3 from 2-4 p.m. All chicken adoptions must take place during this timeframe, so we are providing as much advance notice as possible. Please come to the farm during this timeframe to select chickens, or send someone else on your behalf. Many towns have regulations about maintaining chickens in your backyard, so please make sure you know what those are before taking home a chicken. All chicken adoptions are final, and are first come/first served. Please bring a large box or dog crate lined with newspaper to transport your chicken(s). Our address is 32400 N. Harris Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.  Please read the very bottom of our website for directions to our farm as some internet maps are incorrect –

The Learning Farm flock is composed the following varieties of heritage breed chickens:

  • Barred Rocks
  • Black Australorps
  • Buff Orpingtons
  • Rhode Island Reds

We hope to connect many backyard chicken enthusiasts with our chickens as possible. Please help us spread the word! After this chicken adoption day, the rest of the flock will be humanely butchered. We are still working through the details on when a new flock of chickens will be brought to the Learning Farm, so stay posted for more information. The Learning Farm remains committed to raising chickens for educational opportunities, production of local eggs, and meaningful volunteer experiences.

Thank you!

Erin Cummisford

Liberty Prairie Foundation


10 Nov., 2012: Home to Roost Teaching Basic Backyard Chicken Care Workshop

Basic Backyard Chicken Care

November 10, 2012 10:00 AM to 1 PM 

Location: Chicago’s Logan Square area (TBD). See Angelic Organics Learning Center site for details as they become available.

NEW: This year we will have access to a functioning chicken coop!

Farm fresh eggs from your own back yard?


Please join us for this Cadillac of chicken-keeping classes! This 3-hour workshop covers best practices forBasic Backyard Chicken Care in Chicago and surrounding communities. Raising chickens as pets and for eggs is LEGAL in Chicago – and part of our growing local food and urban agriculture scene. Learn how to keep you, your chickens, & your neighbors happy – from daily needs and year-round care to relevant city regulations. You will leave the workshop with the knowledge, recommendations, and resources you need for your own home flock – and you’ll make connections with other chicken enthusiasts in Chicago.

For more info and to register, visit the Angelic Organics Learning Center site.

22-23 September, 2012: Windy City Coop Tour

Come out to see Chicago’s finest… chicken coops! Go from house to house, visiting and chatting with chicken owners and other enthusiasts! This family-friendly event is also bike friendly.

We’re working on getting the event together, so save the date, and keep your eye on the blog for more details. In the meantime, here is the link where all information will be posted:


20 October, 2012: Home to Roost Teaches Chicken-Keeping Class at Botanic Garden


Raising Backyard Chickens

Sat., October 20,  10:30 – noon
$27 nonmember; members receive 20% discount

Back by popular demand, this class is designed for curious people who are considering raising backyard chickens, as well as for those who already have their own birds and who want to learn more! Come learn how to raise chicks, care for adult birds, and keep your neighbors happy!
Register online now at The Chicago Botanic Garden’s web site.

Petition for Chickens in Joliet, IL

Use the following link to sign a petition to the City of Joliet, calling on them to allow backyard chickens.

Chicken Meeting at Arlington Heights Library, Aug. 27, 2012 reporter Quincy Hodges covered the event, sponsored by the Weston A. Price Foundation. The event was attended by over 60 people, including backyard chicken owner Linda Nellett and Home to Roost Urban Chicken Consutlting. Read Quincy’s article here.

8 and 9 September, 2012: Chickens (and Home to Roost) at Harvest Day, Garfield Park Conservatory

Chicago chicken-keeper Linda Nellett will be at the event with her hens on 9/8, and Home to Roost will be at the event with chicken on Saturday, 9/9.

Harvest Days

Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th
Hours: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: City Garden
Cost: $3 suggested donation per person, GPCA Members and children under 3 are FREE!

Garfield Park Conservatory’s Harvest Days Celebration shines a warm autumn light on the simple and sustainable living is happening all around our busy city. City folk are keeping bees, caring for goats, collecting eggs from their home-grown chickens, making compost, and harvesting organic fruits and vegetables to feed their families. Come join us for this two day celebration of urban pioneer living and celebrate the “good life” going on right now! Attendees will enjoy the big backyard of the Conservatory, where fun will be harvested all weekend. As a family-focused event, the day is filled with lots of down-home activities.

Activities Will Include:

• Live music and dance lessons, featuring The Hump Night
Thumpers, 3rd Sunday String Band, and more

• Opening of our new Demonstration Garden

• Beekeeping demonstrations and honey tasting from the
Conservatory’s own hives

• Recipe swap – bring a recipe from home to share! Take
home a featured Harvest Days Soup recipe from Martha
Bayne, author of the Soup and Bread Cookbook: Building
Community One Pot at a Time

• Cooking demonstrations, with chefs such as
David Rosenthall of Inspiration Kitchens

• Live goats and chickens

• Worm picking and a compost harvesting station

• Horse-drawn hay rides around the gardens for $1

• Corn husk crafts, potato sack races, and lawn games

• Kohl’s StoryBus featuring “Little Red Hen”

• Veggie Bingo Swap and Share – bring veggies from your
garden to swap with other bingo participants

• Food trucks with food for purchase

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The Ubiquitous Chicken: A Quick History Lesson

You want chicken? You got it – 10,000 years of chicken history, that is! An entertaining read about the ubiquitous chicken: from red jungle fowl in southeast Asia to KFC in China, and everywhere in between.

Chickens Proposed as Part of Compensation for Employment

Reporter Joshua Foust provided the Atlantic with a story on hens in lieu of monetary compensation in Uzbekistan. Apparently the chickens are to be imported from Serbia.

This is similar to my blog post on raising chickens in exchange for healthcare.

A French village recently proposed giving chickens to citizens in order to eliminate waste.


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