- Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens by Gail Damerow: An indepth guide for folks just starting to raise chickens
- Chicken Coops by Judy Pangman: 45 coop designs for city, country, and small- and large-scale farms
- The Chicken Health Handbook by Gail Damerow: For the larger scale, experienced chicken raiser
- The Small-Scale Poultry Flock by Harvery Ussery: Great book that works with the birds’ natural behaviors
- Wisdom for Hen Keepers by Chris Graham (and edited for a North American audience by yours truly): A book with short tips that are organized topically
- Chicken Coops for Dummies by Rob Ludlow et al.: Helpful tips, hints, and instructions to make your own hen Hilton
SUPPLIES/CHICKS IN CHICAGO
- Backyard Chicken Run feed and supply home-delivery service
- The Feed Store, Harlem and 55, chicks and supplies
- Christy Webber Landscapes Farm and Garden Center organic chicken feed and coop paraphernalia
- Belmont Feed and Seed, 3036 W. Belmont, Chicago, chicks and supplies
- Green Home Experts chicken feed and coop paraphernalia
- My Pet Chicken*
- McMurray Hatchery*
- Planer shavings: contact Jim Kakavas, 773-746-8001, jkakavas AT yahoo dot com
*NOTE: Mail ordering chicks can be stressful for the birds. You will get “filler” chicks that may be roosters. Shipments can also get lost in the mail.
Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts Google Group: Chicago’s premiere community of chicken owners
CERTIFIED AVIAN VETS
Tell them I sent you! Home to Roost endorses these practices in the Chicagoland area.
- Dr. Peter Sakas,Niles, Niles Animal Hospital
- Dr. Susan Horton Skokie, Chicago Exotics
- Dr. Byron de la Navarre, Chicago, Animal House of Chicago
- Drs. Ness and Nye, Lisle, Ness Exotic Wellness Center
- Dr. Parr, Glenwood Village Pet Hospital
Need a hand while you’re out of town? Here is a list of folks who are interested in offering this service.
NOTE: Home to Roost does not endorse or screen chicken sitters and can take no responsibility for quality of care. See my post suggesting chicken sitting for some ideas of how you might choose a chicken sitter.
- Carrie: culturperc at me dot com
- Kristan Green: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Diann Nails: email@example.com
- Morgan Holtz: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you find a chicken and need to find a home for it, contact farms and animal rescues in rural areas. Remember to make a donation. Here are a few for starters:
- SASHA Farm Sanctuary, Manchester, MI (no-kill)
- Animal Welfare League, Chicago Ridge, IL (NOT no-kill)
Have a favorite resource? Post a comment below!