Chicken Health Class – register by July 3


I recently conducted a survey of chicken keepers, and a consistent theme that came up was wanting to know more about health issues.

I’m offering a health class through Angelic Organics Learning Center on July 11, so please take advantage of this opportunity!

 

Backyard Chicken Keepers —

Are you looking to learn more about your flock’s common health issues and how to care for minor injuries?

REGISTER NOW for Urban Chicken Health Care — a workshop for chicken keepers who are experienced in basic care and want to advance their knowledge and skills.

Developed and taught by Home to Roost Urban Chicken Consultant Jen Murtoff, the workshop covers prevention and basic troubleshooting, as well as care for common issues and injuries.

Date: Saturday July 11, 2015

Time: 10AM to 1PM

Location: Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, 5500 S Woodlawn Avenue (at the corner of 55th and Woodlawn)

Cost: $35

You can also register via the link on Facebook – join the event and share the event notice with your friends!

Urban chicken keeping survey – complete by June 24


I have a (very short) survey online; if you are an urban chicken keeper, would you mind taking a few minutes to share your experience?

The information you provide will be used for a presentation for the American Federation of Aviculture on August 1. My presentation will be on the issues urban chicken keepers face. I have a rough idea of what I’d like to say; however, your input will be very helpful. This will also give me an idea of your needs and ways I can help.

If you could please complete the short survey by Weds., June 24, I would really appreciate it.
Thank you for your time!

 

Chicken summer care class, Sat. June 20, 10-12


Sign up for my chicken summer care class at the Garfield Park Conservatory!

 

Learn how to help your birds survive the dog days of summer.

Planer shavings in Chicago


Contact Jim Kakavas for planer shavings. jkakavas@yahoo.com, 773.746.8001 (m)

I have a good supply of planer shavings.  Species vary but they’re all very soft and “fluffy” and from natural, untreated lumber.  An organic poultry farmer in Indiana who’s my customer says his birds love them.

The shavings also work great as mulch in the garden for paths and around plants to prevent weed growth and minimize water evaporation.
I’m selling a 9 cu ft bag of these shavings for $8.20.   That compares to $10.75 for 6 cu ft from a local pet supply house.

The Environmental Benefits of Backyard Chickens


To promote the Chicago Botanic Garden’s World Environment Day, I did a little piece on how chickens will save the world… ok, maybe not quite. But they do some great things for your backyard!

Chick found in Oak Park, IL


8-10 week old chick found in 300 block of S. Lombard, Oak Park. Contact Winnie if it’s yours: 773-680-3861

Avian Flu and Backyard Flocks


With the avian flu outbreak, I’ve gotten a number of questions about how it will affect backyard flocks.

First, this strain of avian flu is not the H5N1 strain, which is deadly to humans. From the CDC’s website: “Highly pathogenic avian influenza A (H5N1) viruses have never been detected among wild birds, domestic poultry, or people in the United States.”

Now, back to the birds. The key to protecting your flock is biosecurity. You can read more about avian flu and protecting your birds on the following links:

PREVENTING AVIAN INFLUENZA IN BACKYARD POULTRY FLOCKS

Avian Influenza Basics for Urban and Backyard Poultry Owners

Do I need to be worried about bird flu if I keep chickens?

The most important thing you can do is keep your birds isolated from other flocks of chickens. This is the same advice I give to folks for protecting your flock from any disease.

  • Limit travel to other flocks.
  • Do not allow visitors who have chickens to access your birds.
  • Keep a dedicated pair of footwear that you use in your coop only.
  • Prevent contact with wild birds.
  • If you must bring in new birds, take them from reputable sources only.
  • Quarantine new birds for 30 days before introducing them to yours.

More likely than not, your backyard birds will be just fine.

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