Have you been considering scheduling an Assessment Consultation to see if chickens would be right for you? Maybe you’re interested in a Healthy Hens Visit to learn hands-on ways to assess your birds’ health. Perhaps you want a Winterizing Consultation to discuss how to help your hens get through the winter in tip-top shape. Or would you like a personalized chicken keeping class or need to get a jump on coop design for the spring?
If you’d like a consult with Home to Roost, we’re offering an October special, 10/1-10/26: $10 off the total bill for any of our services ($30 minimum, mileage fee may apply).
Bring the kids and come see the chickens, bees, and goats. Learn about composting and other green activities during this family-friendly celebration of the end of summer.
Join chicken owners and chicken enthusiasts from across the city of Chicago on the annual Windy City Coop Tour, Sept. 17-18, 10 AM to 2 PM. You’ll be able to tour urban backyards, see coops, poultry, gardens, beehives, and other “green” living elements!
- Please respect the privacy of our Tour Hosts & Flocks by visiting ONLY on the day they are hosting Visitors, between 10AM & 2PM.
- Visit Hosts’ yards and coops, ask questions, and take photos.
- It’s a self-guided Tour — no need to pre-register. You can see as many as you want and have time for.
- Children supervised by adults are welcome on the Tour.
- DO NOT BRING DOGS or other pets.
- If a yard is full, you may be asked to wait momentarily until current Visitors exit.
- To prevent spread of communicable chicken diseases, Hosts may direct Visitors to decontaminate their shoes at the entrance.
- Stay within the boundaries that Hosts designate for Visitors.
- Restrooms, drinking water, and snacks are NOT provided on the Tour — plan accordingly and bring what you need with you.
- Street parking may be scarce. Consider taking public transit and/or riding a bike on the Tour!
A few notes on sites
- Again, PLEASE go to sites only if they are hosting on the day/s you want to visit!
- Four coop locations (BLUE) are open for Visitors both Sat & Sun.
- Eleven are open Saturday ONLY (RED).
- Seven are open Sunday ONLY (GOLD).
- Hosts of this year’s Tour live in 19 of Chicago’s 50 Wards: 1, 2, 12, 19, 20 (2), 25, 26, 31, 32, 33, 36 (2), 40, 41, 43, 45 (2), 47, 48, 49, and 50!
Home to Roost looks forward to joining the coop tour again next year but remains a proud sponsor! Catch me at Garfield Park Conservatory’s Harvest Days.
Check out this farm, which I learned about on the Sugarbeet Co-Op Edible Garden Tour:
Timberfeast is the love project of Mark Brady and Katie Kennedy, two young farmers proudly and compassionately raising pastured animals and pesticide-free vegetables in the small town of Chatsworth, Illinois where Mark’s family has been farming for over six generations. We are honored and humbled to co-create with the animals and the Earth to provide the best, most nourishing, nutrient dense food we can for you and your families.
Do you have mice in your coop? Those pesky little visitors stop by looking for spilled feed, a dry place to hang out (or even worse, to make a nest – and produce more pesky little visitors).
Many rat and mouse baits are toxic to cats, dogs, and chickens – and all of these animals will happily make a quick snack of a rodent who’s had a bit too much toxin. So what to do?
A few ideas:
- Put your feeder at the height of the chickens’ backs. This will prevent them from swishing food onto the ground.
- Switch to a pelleted feed to minimize spillage.
- Purchase a weight-activated feeder. These feeders will open for chickens — but not for mice, rats, or sparrows!
- Try keeping your feeder in the coop all the time – and make sure to close the birds – and their feeder — in at night. Rats and mice are nocturnal (out most often at night), and this will limit their access to prime-time feeding.
- Mix hot pepper into your feed. Birds cannot taste capsaicin, the compound that makes peppers “hot,” but mammals sure can! Just be sure you don’t breathe in the pepper dust or touch your eyes while handling the feed.
- Build a better (nontoxic) mousetrap. Check out this idea from Backyard Chickens: Drill a hole in the bottom of a soda can. Place can on a dowel rod so that it spins. Drill holes in the top of a 5-gal. bucket so that the dowel rod (with the soda can on it) fits in the holes and spans the diameter of the bucket. Smear peanut butter on the soda can. Place a ramp up to the bucket. The mice will smell the peanut butter, run up the ramp, try to get the peanut butter on the spinning soda can, and fall into the bucket. Dispose of rodents as you see fit!
Contact Kathryn Humphreys, email@example.com