Geico Free-Range Chicken Commercial


Most hens aren’t quite this adventurous… This one has a case of wanderlust!

 

Marek’s Cases in Chicagoland Area


There have recently been a few cases (confirmed and suspected) of Marek’s disease. The infected chickens have came from WI, and were in McHenry County and Evanston. One flock was made up of Orloffs.
Marek’s is very contagious and will affect an entire flock. There are neurological, ocular, and visceral forms of Marek’s. Symptoms of the neurological form of Marek’s include split-leg posture (one back, one forward), twisted neck, wings drooping). The other forms have
The virus is shed in feather dander and can be transmitted by humans from flock to flock. If you have a Marek’s bird, it’s best to destroy it, if not your whole flock. You should not get new birds until the old ones are gone. There is no cure for Marek’s. For more info on Marek’s: http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/poultry/neoplasms/mareks_disease_in_poultry.html. Here, too, is a good post that includes lots of FAQs.
Just a reminder:
– Always get birds from a reputable source.
– Buy only birds that look healthy.
– Quarantine the new birds for a few weeks to be sure they are healthy (however, they may be carriers of a disease without showing symptoms).
If you have a suspected Marek’s death, it would be good to get a necropsy and pathology report from a certified avian vet to protect your flock and others’ birds. Also, please let the chicken-keeping community know and notify the sources of your birds, as well as chicken owners who have visited your coop recently.

Events for Week of March 23, 2015


Remember to sign up for this week’s classes!

Basic Chicken Keeping

Weds., March 25, 5:30 PM at Fossil Ridge Public Library, http://fossilridge.org/event/home-to-roost/

 

Basic Chicken Keeping

Chicken Coop Building

Sat., March 28, 10 AM-3 PM at Chicago Botanic Garden, http://www.chicagobotanic.org/

Faroese Chickens Respond to the Eclipse


This clip is super cute!

Notice how one of the roosters shepherds everyone in, another is the last in, and a roo is the first one out.

 

 

11th Annual Good Food Festival and Conference! March 19 – 21, 2015


Join us for the 11th Annual Good Food Festival & Conference!
March 19 – 21, 2015 – UIC Forum – Chicago, IL

Buy Tickets for Good Food Festival & Conference Events Online – or You Can Also Pay At The Door!

Check out the Saturday programming for Raise Your Own minisessions on chickens, goats, bees, quail, and more!

Each segment of the Good Food Festival & Conference would make a superb stand-alone event. FamilyFarmed brings it all – financing… trade… producer issues… school food… food policy… an exhibit hall where you can meet more than 100 farm and food vendors… an awesome food and drink tasting event… and a Festival that is a great public celebration of the Good Food movement!

Please join us. You’ll be enlightened, inspired, and delighted! Visit the event website for more information and to buy tickets.

Home to Roost Classes


Here is the list of classes so far for 2015. We have NEW classes in the works, including a bilingual (Eng/Span) class and a summer care class.  Check out the complete list of offerings below or download the pdf: Home to Roost Upcoming Class Offerings and Events.

 

Basic Chicken Keeping 

Weds., March 25, 5:30 PM at Fossil Ridge Public Library, http://fossilridge.org/event/home-to-roost/

Sat., March 28, 10 AM-12 PM at Chicago Botanic Garden, http://www.chicagobotanic.org/

**NOTE – DATE CHANGED TO JULY  11: Sat., July 11, 10 AM-1 PM with Angelic Organics Learning Center, Location TBD, http://www.learngrowconnect.org/event/basic-backyard-chicken-care-chicago

Sat., April 18, 10 AM-12 PM at Garfield Park Conservatory, http://www.garfieldconservatory.or

Sat., September 26, 10 AM-12 PM at Garfield Park Conservatory, http://www.garfieldconservatory.org

Coop Building 

Sat., March 28, 1 PM-3 PM at Chicago Botanic Garden, http://www.chicagobotanic.org/

Sat., April 18, 1 PM-3 PM at Garfield Park Conservatory, http://www.garfieldconservatory.or

The Charm of Chickens: Reasons for Raising Backyard Hens 

Thurs., April 23, 7 PM-8:30 PM at Grayslake Public Library, http://www.grayslake.info/

Chicken Health 

Sat., April 25, 1 PM-4 PM at Chicago Botanic Garden, http://www.chicagobotanic.org/

Sat., May 9, 10 AM-12 PM at Garfield Park Conservatory, http://www.garfieldconservatory.org

NEW!! Summer Care for Chickens 

Sat., June 20, 10 AM-12 PM at Garfield Park Conservatory, http://www.garfieldconservatory.org

Harvest Day Expo 

Sun., September 20 at Garfield Park Conservatory, http://www.garfieldconservatory.org

NEW!! SPANISH -Basic Backyard Chicken Care 

Sat., October 3 or 10, or November 7 with Angelic Organics Learning Center, Location TBD, http://www.learngrowconnect.org/event/basic-backyard-chicken-care-chicago

Snow Birds: Winter Care for Chickens 

Sat., October 24, 10 AM-12 PM at Garfield Park Conservatory, http://www.garfieldconservatory.org

 

 

Amazing video on development of a chick embryo


This is a great animation that shows the stages of development of a baby chick, day by day. Enjoy!

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