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Chicken Tuesdays Short Film Screening Tonight


Home to Roost and chicken owner Tim Norris provided chicken wrangling for a short film, Chicken Tuesdays, last year. Tonight is the private film screening. Lots of luck to director and writer Brandon Daley! See this post for pix from the filming.

Seeking proposal topics for Good Food Fest on March 18


We’re again recruiting presenters for short (20 mins) workshops in the Festival’s Good Food Commons, between 10:30AM and 4PM. 

The event is at the Good Food Festival, Sat March 18, at the UIC Forum (725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL).

As in the past couple years, ChiChickEns is coordinating the “Raise Your Own” section, seeking presenters on all livestock topics. You can cover the basics, and/or you can discuss a special skill or interest. Ideally you bring a demonstration critter (or two) and some supplies/equipment for show and tell.
Presentations are just 20 mins long and start every half-hour, from 10:30AM and ending at 4PM.
There’s a short form to fill out (and more info about the event) at this LINK. The button for the application is at the bottom of that page. The deadline for filling out the application is Feb 20.
Presenters get access to this fun and busy event (Sat), and you can also reserve a table to display your stuff on Fri (see the link for more on that.)
Feel free also to propose teaching a workshop in another Resource Area (Growing, Composting, Making, or Community Building), as you wish.
Event guidelines mention needing proof of insurance to display live animals — if you are not a small biz or organization with your own liability insurance, we can arrange for event coverage — please contact me, and I can point you in the right direction.
Also, if you have other questions, let me know!

2017 Urban Livestock Expo


Come out for the Urban Livestock Expo, Feb 18, 10-1, at the Chicago High School For Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W 111th St, Chicago, Illinois 60655.

Ever considered how to keep bees, goats, chickens, ducks or quails in your backyard? Join AUA’s winter gathering for free, fun workshops on daily care, ideal breeds, how to troubleshoot common problems, and professionals’ tips for being a good neighbor with animals in the city!

All levels of expertise and interest welcome, from the experienced to the curious! In addition to these great workshops, students will guide us on behind-the-scenes tours of their livestock barn and aquaponics center!

Area urban livestock groups and businesses will also staff resource tables with information on further learning opportunities, support networks, sources of supplies and equipment, and more.

To power all that learning, we’ll have tasty local food and beverage vendors with us as well! Don’t miss this fun opportunity to expand your knowledge, connect with other practitioners, and get close to a goat. Spread the word to your networks, send questions to info@auachicago.org, and see you then!

**Unfortunately, Home to Roost will not able to attend this year due to chicken-keeping classes at the Morton Arboretum. 

 

Home to Roost’s 2017 event schedule is posted.


Check out my 2017 event schedule. Hope to see you in a class or at an event. If you’re interested in a class but have conflicts with the dates it is offered, I can do an in-home session. Just drop me a note!

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.

Sugar Beet Edible Garden Tour in Oak Park, July 26, 9 am-2 pm


At the peak of growing season you will get an insider’s peek into the edible gardens of our neighbors in Oak Park and Austin.  You are invited from 9 am- 2:00 pm into beautiful private gardens to learn more about urban agriculture and get inspired to grow your own food!  Cycling from garden to garden is encouraged.  This is a day of learning, fun and enjoyment!  No dogs, please.

Home to Roost will be at 1153 S. Elmwood.

For more information, see the webpage. 

 

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.)