Chicken-keeping classes at the Chicago Botanic Garden


Sign up for a series of three classes (or pick and choose) at the Botanic Garden. I’m offering the following:

Raising Backyard Chickens Saturday, 6/4, 11am – 1pm

This class is designed for curious folks who are considering getting chickens, as well as for those who already have their own birds. Learn how to raise chicks, care for adult birds, and keep your neighbors happy!

Chicken Coop Basics Saturday, 6/4, 2 – 4pm

This class addresses what you need to know about building a safe and comfortable home for your hens. You’ll learn the basic needs of backyard birds. Find out the essential components of a coop, things to avoid when choosing construction materials, important construction tips, and see different coop styles. (Chicken-keeping class is a prerequisite.)

Summer Chicken Care Saturday, 6/11, 1 – 3pm

Many people worry about their birds getting through the winter. However, heat and humidity can also be rough for a chicken. How do chickens cool themselves naturally? Do you know the signs of heat stroke? What can you do to help an overheated bird? Find out how to care for your hens during the dog days of summer. (Chicken-keeping class is a prerequisite.)

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