Riverside announces hen and bee pilot programs

Hen & Beekeeping Pilot Programs

The Village of Riverside has approved a pilot program for 2017 to allow the keeping of hens and beekeeping. The village will begin accepting applications for a license for keeping hens or bees. The Village will only be issuing 15 licenses for beekeeping and 15 licenses for keeping of hens. On January 1, 2017 the Village will begin to accept applications, if the number of applications exceed 15 by January 15, 2017 a lottery will be used to determine the order the applications will be considered by the Village.

Beekeeping Application and Regulations

Keeping of Hens Application and Regulations

From http://www.riverside.il.us/civicalerts.aspx?AID=50

Happy New Year from Home to Roost! (and a note on rates)

Happy 2017, the year of the rooster! This will be Home to Roost’s eighth year in operation (ninth, if you count 2008, when I first put my business cards together and had my first client).

I enjoy every minute of caring for the chickens of Chicagoland, as well as developing chicken-keeping programs and providing educational opportunities for kids, adults, and seniors. Thank you for your trust in me and your willingness to welcome me into your homes (and coops).

My business manager and office staff are long overdue for a raise, however, and they’ve been threatening to walk out. In order to appease them*, Home to Roost’s hourly consulting rates will increase in 2017. (*This is, of course, tongue in cheek; there’s nobody here but us chickens… I mean, me.)

  • Non-emergency house call: $68/hour (1-hr minimum, billed in 1/4 hr increments thereafter). Mileage fee may apply.
  • Emergency house call: $80  (1-hr minimum, billed in 1/4 hr increments thereafter). Mileage fee may apply.
  • Phone consultation: $25 for 20 minutes
  • Classes/presentations/misc.: Call for pricing.

If you find that these rates will be a financial hardship, please let me know. We can try to find a mutually agreeable solution.

Thanks for making Home to Roost a successful microbusiness over the last 8 years. Enjoy some pictures from the last eight years below!


2017 is the Year of the Rooster!

Interested in celebration the Chinese New Year in style? 2017 is the Year of the Rooster! Home to Roost brings chickens (roosters included!) to events. We’ll be at the Garfield Park Conservatory on Jan. 21 and at the Magic Tree Bookstore in Oak Park on Jan. 28 — with roosters!

A Good Day for Chickens in Riverside, IL

Congratulations to the Village of Riverside, IL. Last night, the village board authorized a draft ordiance for hen keeping. A pilot program will likely follow.

Pittsburgh’s Wiley Rooster Evades Capture

A feral rooster in Pittsburgh becomes the target of a chicken expert from St. Louis. Read the story here.

Ameraucana rooster needs home

Rooster found in city. The bird is currently with someone who has other chickens (separated from them). He took it to his vet yesterday and they thought it could be sick, so they put it on antibiotics. He said it has already perked up and seems to be feeling much better. 
Contact Bulent at bulent_agar AT yahoo DOT com.

October Discount on Home to Roost Services!

Have you been considering scheduling an Assessment Consultation to see if chickens would be right for you? Maybe you’re interested in a Healthy Hens Visit to learn hands-on ways to assess your birds’ health. Perhaps you want a Winterizing Consultation to discuss how to help your hens get through the winter in tip-top shape. Or would you like a personalized chicken keeping class or need to get a jump on coop design for the spring?

If you’d like a consult with Home to Roost, we’re offering an October special, 10/1-10/26: $10 off the total bill for any of our services ($30 minimum, mileage fee may apply).

Check out what we offer and contact us today. If you need something you don’t see, please ask. We’ve done everything from photo and movie shoots to coop design and nail trims. HTR-Logo-FN