Raising Chickens in the City: Opportunities and Challenges
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Hours: 10:00 am – Noon
Where: Jensen Room
Cost: $15 / $10 GPCA Members and Volunteers
Is one of your New Year’s resolutions this year to get in touch with your “inner farmer?” Let us help! Jennifer Murtoff, president of Home to Roost Urban Chicken Consulting, joins us to share the reasons raising chickens in the city is both important and doable. Come join us for this informative class, where you’ll learn a bit about how to choose a chicken for your space, get coop plans, and more.
Please register by visiting the web page and clicking the “register now” button below. If you have further questions about this class, please contact Melanie Harding at x16 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that registrations cannot be refunded after Friday, December 27th. If you purchase a spot in this workshop after 5pm on Friday, January 4th, please either bring a printed copy of your email receipt, or show it on your smart phone at the door of the workshop.
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.
Home to Roost has partnered with Dabble to offer a chicken-keeping class in Lincoln Park at Topics on Thursday, June 21, from 6-8 PM. You can sign up on the Dabble site.
You say you’ve always thought about raising your own coop of chickens. But the laws concerning such things are too complicated and you don’t know where to begin, so you’ve never really given it a try.
We say, bock bock. What are you … chicken?
Keeping a city coop of chickens is legal in Chicago, and lots of do-it-yourselfers are already adding feathered friends to the backyard. This Dabble class is designed for folks who are considering getting chickens, or who just want to know why this urban trend is growing … as well as for those who already have their own birds and who want to learn more. It’s also a good way to introduce city officials to best practices of urban chicken farming. Come learn how to raise chicks, care for adult birds, and keep your neighbors happy!
Prepare to leave armed with information about raising a happy, healthy bunch of chicks and be well on your way to reaping the reward of freshly laid eggs!
For those teachers out there who are weighing the pros and cons of an embryology unit, here is a thoughtful post on incubation.
Also check out my post about how I got started with chickens. An embryology project kicked off my love of chickens, and we did the “window on a chick” thing – cutting an opening in the eggshell to see it develop. This chick died, which made me very sad. If you choose to go the hatching route, you can see the blood vessel networking forming, the heart beating, and the chick developing with effective candling! No need for egg windows!
Home to Roost will be teaching a chicken-keeping class at the Chicago Botanic Garden this spring and was mentioned in Chicago Life magazine as part of a more utilitarian trend in use of backyard space.
Home to Roost will teach a backyard chicken-keeping class at the Chicago Botanic Garden on Saturday, April 28, from 1 – 2:30 p.m.in the Garden View Room. For more information, and to register, click here.
It’s that time again!
Come join Angelic Organics Learning Center and Home to Roost for a class on raising chickens!
Basic Backyard Chicken Care
March 24, 2012 10:00am – 1:00pm
Farm fresh eggs from your own back yard?
Please join us for a workshop on best practices for Basic 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.
Keep yourself, your chickens, AND your neighbors happy – from daily needs and year-round care to relevant city regulations.
Our instructor is the informative and engaging Jen Murtoff of Home to Roost Urban Chicken Consulting.
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.
Actual costs of workshops are close to double our workshop fees. If you are able, please consider making an additional donation to help cover the full cost of your workshop.
Location: (Likely) Christy Webber Landscaping/Rancho Verde
445 N Sacramento (turn into road and go east)
Enter from Sacramento (445 N) and follow the road east until it doubles back on itself. Park curbside and come on in.
For more information and to register, go to the Angelic Organics Learning Center site page.