Congratulations to the Village of Riverside, IL. Last night, the village board authorized a draft ordiance for hen keeping. A pilot program will likely follow.
A feral rooster in Pittsburgh becomes the target of a chicken expert from St. Louis. Read the story here.
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.