A Good Day for Chickens in Riverside, IL


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.

Pittsburgh’s Wiley Rooster Evades Capture


A feral rooster in Pittsburgh becomes the target of a chicken expert from St. Louis. Read the story here.

Ameraucana rooster needs home


Rooster found in city. The bird is currently with someone who has other chickens (separated from them). He took it to his vet yesterday and they thought it could be sick, so they put it on antibiotics. He said it has already perked up and seems to be feeling much better. 
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Contact Bulent at bulent_agar AT yahoo DOT com.

October Discount on Home to Roost Services!


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).

Check out what we offer and contact us today. If you need something you don’t see, please ask. We’ve done everything from photo and movie shoots to coop design and nail trims. HTR-Logo-FN

 

 

 

Home to Roost at Garfield Park Conservatory’s Harvest Day, Sept. 17, 12-4


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.

For more information, check out the conservatory’s post. 

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Annual Windy City Coop Tour – Sat./Sun., Sept. 17-18, 2016


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!

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Check out the coop tour info on the Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts webpage: a map of coop tour locations and site info (including breeds and other critters).

Tour Guidelines

  • 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.

Timberfeast Local, Woodland Raised Meats


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.