Home to Roost had a great time yesterday at Cheney Mansion in Oak Park! Oak Park chicken owner Emily Wilkes and her two hens, Joe Schmoe and Dinosaur, joined us. They were housed in my grandfather’s antique chicken crate. I brought along sign-up sheets and books with coop designs and information on chicken-raising and breeds. Also on display were several books and calendars by my favorite chicken photographer, Stephen Green-Armytage.
The chickens were a big hit, and the event was non-stop from 1 PM to 4 PM. People had various questions:
Can a hen lay eggs without a rooster? (Yes, they just will not be fertilized eggs.)
Can you eat a fertilized egg? (Yes. If the hen does not start to incubate the egg, cell division will not occur.)
Can chickens fly? (Yes – kind of. They are not very good fliers!)
What do you think about this coop design?
Do you have chickens? (Unfortunately, no – I only have parakeets and an orphaned cockatiel in my apartment.)
Can you have chickens in an apartment? (No. Their poop has too much ammonia and is very smelly in enclosed spaces.)
I gave a brief chicken anatomy lesson for the kids, too. We met Beatrice and her mom, who were thinking about getting chickens.
Beatrice had a seat and held a hen on her lap. When one chicken jumped up on the table, it scared her a bit, but she asked to hold the hen again!
The Cluck-Like-a-Chicken Contest
Since I was the resident chicken expert in the house, I was called upon to judge the Cluck-like-a-Chicken Contest. People of all ages lined up to present their best chicken communication. The winner was Patricia, who animatedly clucked and flapped her wings.
Emily drew a winner’s name from the purse. This person will receive one free service from Home to Roost.
A Great Day!
Emily, her hens, and I had a great day at Cheney’s Green Sunday! The event organizers enjoyed having us as well, and people enjoyed learning more about chickens!