Chickens with Fitbits


Michael Toscano, a researcher at the University of Bern in Switzerland is checking out the habits of chickens – by outfitting them with chicken fitbits! A tracking device records the birds’ daily routines to determine the “best practices” of healthy layers.

Initially an experiment to study high incidence of broken keel bones, Toscano and his team have also used the device to track which birds go outside, determining that those who spend time out of the barn are healthier, a finding that comes as no surprise to backyard chicken keepers! The team has also found that each chicken has its own daily routine. They hope to use the results of the study to raise happier, healthier chickens.

To read more about the study, check out this article in Popular Science.

Chicken Found in Lincolnshire


Green Bay Animal Hospital is holding a chicken that was found on Rt. 22 in Lincolnshire. It appears to be a Plymouth rock cockerel. chicken at Green Bay AH. Needs medication for an eye issue. Vet has started treatment.

Call 847-251-5900 before 3 PM or 847-613-0630. Ask for Gina.

Support Chickens in Oswego, IL


Oswego chicken ordinance vote is coming up tonight, Tuesday, May 2, at 6pm in Village Hall. If you would like to have backyard chickens in the Oswego area, show your support at the Village Hall on Tuesday.

Farmer Fulfills Chicken’s Dream of Flying


This is lovely! Only in Switzerland…

 

Baby button quail


My little hen Chiclet just hatched 7 babies, with 2 eggs to go! Here are a few pictures. It’s been fun to watch the process! These little guys are so tiny; it’s hard to believe they have a circulatory system!

Papa Hummus is being very helpful, sitting on eggs and chicks as needed. Cagemate and co-mom Henlet is helping out as needed, too.

Enjoy the pictures.

Earthfest and Chicken-Keeping Classes


Come out for these events!

Earthfest 2017, April 22 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Public Works Building in Oak Park! Family friendly fun!

Sign up NOW for my chicken-keeping classes at the Chicago Botanic Garden on May 6! Enrollment is open through May 1.

Ohio Considers Making Small-Scale Agriculture Easier


House Bill 175 in Ohio sets a limit to how many “small livestock” a homeowner may have. The bill proposes limits based on lot size and kind of animal. This will make it easier for people to keep animals that are traditionally kept for food purposes, including chickens, rabbits, and goats. For more, click here.