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Oak Park Edible Garden Tour, Saturday 7/29, 9-2 pm


Come out for Oak Park’s Sixth Annual Edible Garden Tour, July 29, from 9 am to 2 pm.
Ticket sales & map pick ups begin at 8 am at Sugar Beet Food Co-op 812 Madison, Oak Park.
 
Home to Roost will be stationed at 640 N Harvey, location 10, which has a nice flock of chickens!
Proceeds of the Edible Garden Tour to benefit Sugar Beet Schoolhouse, a not-for-profit organization that provides opportunities for people to connect with our local food system and to better understand how food choices impact personal health as well as the health of our planet.

Marek’s Disease in Birds from WI flea market


A vet tech colleague just reached out to me with this news:
Just a heads up. Not sure your clients go towards Milwaukee for birds….but I rescued 2 New Hampshire’s that were 10 weeks old. Originally purchased as day old chicks from the 7 Mile Fair/Flea Market. Both I euthanized due to neurologic issues and the necropsies came back positive for Marek’s. The woman who sells them is in the Burlington/Salem, Wisc area. I don’t know who she is except she sells at low class places in mass quantity.
Please be careful where you buy your birds. Swap meets can facilitate the spread of airborne diseases such as Marek’s. Feather dander and fecal matter can also carry pathogens.
It’s best to purchase from reputable sources who practice good biosecurity measures.

Chicken-Keeping Class – June 27, 2017


Interested in keeping chickens? Want to learn more about these fun, feathery friends?

Join me at the Barrington Area Library on Tuesday, June 27, from 7pm to 9pm for a class on chicken care, from choosing your chicks to keeping your adult birds happy and healthy.

Register here.

Fun at the Botanic Garden June 3, 2017!


Bring the kids for family-friendly fun at World Environment Day at the Chicago Botanic Garden on Saturday June 3 from 10 to 4!

Some fun features include cooking demos, hands-on activities, recycling, a farmers’ market stand, and MaryAnn the chicken!

Beth Moon, Chicken Photographer


Facebook introduced me to the photography of Beth Moon. I love her poetic comments on her pieces. Of “Augurs and Soothsayers,” her chicken collection, she says,

[English writer John Berger] suggests that the loss of everyday contact between man and animal have left us confused about our relationship, specifically, he writes about looking an animal in the eyes. Michael Pollen writes … “but this is what can happen to you when you look. And what you see when you look is the cruelty – and the blindness to cruelty – required to produce eggs that can be sold for 79 cents a dozen.”

These portraits were inspired by those words. I invite you to look into their eyes.

I hope you enjoy her work as much as I did!

Chickens with Fitbits


Michael Toscano, a researcher at the University of Bern in Switzerland is checking out the habits of chickens – by outfitting them with chicken fitbits! A tracking device records the birds’ daily routines to determine the “best practices” of healthy layers.

Initially an experiment to study high incidence of broken keel bones, Toscano and his team have also used the device to track which birds go outside, determining that those who spend time out of the barn are healthier, a finding that comes as no surprise to backyard chicken keepers! The team has also found that each chicken has its own daily routine. They hope to use the results of the study to raise happier, healthier chickens.

To read more about the study, check out this article in Popular Science.

Chicken Found in Lincolnshire


Green Bay Animal Hospital is holding a chicken that was found on Rt. 22 in Lincolnshire. It appears to be a Plymouth rock cockerel. chicken at Green Bay AH. Needs medication for an eye issue. Vet has started treatment.

Call 847-251-5900 before 3 PM or 847-613-0630. Ask for Gina.