Meet a Chicken at the Wilmette Public Library! Tomorrow Sept 18


Come to the Wilmette Public Library on September 18 from 7 to 8 to meet a chicken and quail! I’ll be doing a kids presentation. For more information and to register, go to the library’s website. The library is at 1242 Wilmette Ave.
Wilmette, Illinois 60091.

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Garfield Park Conservatory Harvest Day, Sept. 16, 12-4


Come for Garfield Park Conservatory’s annual Harvest Day celebration!
https://garfieldconservatory.org/event/harvest-day-2/2017-09-16/

Simple and sustainable living is happening all around our busy city. City folk are keeping bees, caring for goats, making compost, and harvesting organic fruits and vegetables to feed their families. Come join us for this celebration of urban pioneer living!

Featuring:

  • Beekeeping demonstrations & honey tasting
  • Live goats and chickens
  • Composting demonstrations
  • Kid’s activities and lawn games
  • Veggie bingo and hay bales
  • Live music and much more!
Suggested $5 donation & members get in FREE!

Needed ASAP – volunteers for 2017 coop tour


We need your help for the Windy City 2017 coop tour! It’s only one month away, and the coordinator Martha Boyd of Angelic Organics Learning Center has put out a desperate email, calling for “5-10 really motivated people” to volunteer ASAP. If she can’t muster the necessary support, she’ll be forced to pull the plug.

If you can help, email Martha today. 

This year’s concept was to extend the Tour as a showcase of the variety of Eco-Yard systems and activities that many of folks demonstrate over and above backyard chickens — Eco-Yards can include hosts who don’t have backyard livestock but can share lots of other interesting examples of green/sustainable yards and homes.
SO — We hope that the notion of a bigger, more expansive Tour in 2018 can tide folks over if no Coop Tour this Sept.

 

 

 

Des Plaines Considering Chickens


Board members in Des Plaines will be considering chickens on Monday night, August 7. For more information, and to come out and support the effort, click here and here.

Oak Park Edible Garden Tour, Saturday 7/29, 9-2 pm


Come out for Oak Park’s Sixth Annual Edible Garden Tour, July 29, from 9 am to 2 pm.
Ticket sales & map pick ups begin at 8 am at Sugar Beet Food Co-op 812 Madison, Oak Park.
 
Home to Roost will be stationed at 640 N Harvey, location 10, which has a nice flock of chickens!
Proceeds of the Edible Garden Tour to benefit Sugar Beet Schoolhouse, a not-for-profit organization that provides opportunities for people to connect with our local food system and to better understand how food choices impact personal health as well as the health of our planet.

Marek’s Disease in Birds from WI flea market


A vet tech colleague just reached out to me with this news:
Just a heads up. Not sure your clients go towards Milwaukee for birds….but I rescued 2 New Hampshire’s that were 10 weeks old. Originally purchased as day old chicks from the 7 Mile Fair/Flea Market. Both I euthanized due to neurologic issues and the necropsies came back positive for Marek’s. The woman who sells them is in the Burlington/Salem, Wisc area. I don’t know who she is except she sells at low class places in mass quantity.
Please be careful where you buy your birds. Swap meets can facilitate the spread of airborne diseases such as Marek’s. Feather dander and fecal matter can also carry pathogens.
It’s best to purchase from reputable sources who practice good biosecurity measures.

Chicken-Keeping Class – June 27, 2017


Interested in keeping chickens? Want to learn more about these fun, feathery friends?

Join me at the Barrington Area Library on Tuesday, June 27, from 7pm to 9pm for a class on chicken care, from choosing your chicks to keeping your adult birds happy and healthy.

Register here.