Posts Tagged ‘chicken’

Enter the Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts Photography Contest

Enter an original photograph or digital art work to win a $10 gift card from Belmont Feed and Seed and the opportunity to have your photo or art featured on the cover of a 2013 Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts Resource Guide!
The Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts is sponsoring a contest to find the best photographs or original artwork to be featured on the cover of its upcoming 2013 Chicago Chickens resource guide.  The theme for the contest is “Chickens in Chicago”.

Anyone can enter. Join the Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts Google Group and post a photograph or digital image of an original work of art as a reply to the thread “[chickens] Official CCE Photo/Art Contest.” The image should be high resolution and suitable for printing.

Judging will be done by a committee of CCE volunteers in February of 2013.  Images of excellent quality that depict the theme of the contest will be given the best score.  Popularity among CCE forum participants will also be taken into consideration.  The winner will be announced on this forum and the prize will be mailed to the winner after judging is complete.
The Resource Guide will serve as a OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAdescription of raising chickens and other poultry in the city, as part of our outreach to policy makers and the wider public. It is anticipated that this booklet will be published in May of 2013.  Stay tuned for updates!
Fine Print: By entering this contest by submitting an image (photograph or digital artwork), you agree to the following terms and conditions.  You acknowledge that you are the creator of the image you submit and that you have not submitted a copyrighted image.  You give your permission for the Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts (CCE), and any successor organization, the right to use the image you submit for any educational, promotional or public relations purpose.  You also give CCE your permission to crop or make other minor alterations to your image in its publications or website.  Obscene or inappropriate submissions will be removed from the forum and disqualified from the contest at the sole discretion of the contest judges.  Non-winning images may also be used by CCE for the purposed listed above.  Please enjoy participation in this contest responsibly. CCE will do its best to give credit to the creator of the image in its publications and website, though failure to do so shall not be considered a material breach of these terms and conditions.  Photo contest judges and CCE forum administrators are ineligible for participation in the contest.

Chicken Digestion 101

Did you ever wonder how your chicken “chews” food without teeth, or what the path is that food follows through the body? Check out this helpful post on chicken digestion.


Monday, 21 Jan, 2013: Home to Roost Featured on Made in Chicago

Tune in to WBBM News radio, 780 AM/105.9 FM on Monday, January 21 (MLK Day) for a brief spot on Home to Roost. Mike Krauser’s piece will air at various times throughout the day.


5 Jan 2013: Chicken-Keeping Class at the Garfield Park Conservatory


Raising Chickens in the City: Opportunities and Challenges

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Hours: 10:00 am – Noon

Where: Jensen Room

Cost: $15 / $10 GPCA Members and Volunteers

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions this year to get in touch with your “inner farmer?” Let us help! Jennifer Murtoff, president of Home to Roost Urban Chicken Consulting, joins us to share the reasons raising chickens in the city is both important and doable. Come join us for this informative class, where you’ll learn a bit about how to choose a chicken for your space, get coop plans, and more.

Please register by visiting the web page and clicking the “register now” button below. If you have further questions about this class, please contact Melanie Harding at x16 Please note that registrations cannot be refunded after Friday, December 27th. If you purchase a spot in this workshop after 5pm on Friday, January 4th, please either bring a printed copy of your email receipt, or show it on your smart phone at the door of the workshop.


Home to Roost Advises on Bucktown Chicken Wrangling

Mick from Chicago’s Redeye called me yesterday with an odd question: How exactly does one catch a chicken? Years of chicken wrangling led me to a few tips for folks in Bucktown who’ve been trying to snatch an elusive fowl. Read more here. 

22-23 September, 2012: UPDATES on Windy City Coop Tour

Come out to see Chicago’s finest… chicken coops! Go from house to house, visiting and chatting with chicken owners and other enthusiasts! This family-friendly event is also bike friendly.

NEW: Home to Roost will be stationed at Location  5 from 10-12 on Saturday and at Location 6 from 12-2 on Sunday.

NEW: Complete information with maps and locations is now on the coop tour webpage. 


Chicken Adoptions: Prairie Crossing: TIME SENSITIVE

Chicken Adoptions!

[NOTE: If you are interested in introducing chickens to an existing flock, the process is often difficult and result in dead birds, due to disease or social adjustment. Read Avian Introductions on my blog for some tips. Note also that these hens have most likely reached their max in terms of laying.]

The Prairie Crossing Learning Farm in Grayslake is seeking adoptive homes for our chickens! The current flock of pasture-raised chickens came to the Learning Farm as one-day-old chicks 2 years ago. They immediately engage farm visitors with their gentle clucking, and entertaining chicken behaviors! The chickens have provided certified organic eggs to Learning Farm customers, educational opportunities to Farm Campers and tour participants, and real farm work volunteer opportunities to our dedicated Hen House Helpers.

The reality of farm life and economics is that the Learning Farm is unable to continue to support this aging flock. During this past year, egg production has diminished significantly and we have been unable to provide enough eggs to our loyal customers. Most commercial operations maintain their flocks for only one year, but the Learning Farm committed to maintaining this flock for two years — until November of 2012.

We will offer free hens (no roosters) to adoptive homes on Saturday, November 3 from 2-4 p.m. All chicken adoptions must take place during this timeframe, so we are providing as much advance notice as possible. Please come to the farm during this timeframe to select chickens, or send someone else on your behalf. Many towns have regulations about maintaining chickens in your backyard, so please make sure you know what those are before taking home a chicken. All chicken adoptions are final, and are first come/first served. Please bring a large box or dog crate lined with newspaper to transport your chicken(s). Our address is 32400 N. Harris Road, Grayslake, IL 60030.  Please read the very bottom of our website for directions to our farm as some internet maps are incorrect –

The Learning Farm flock is composed the following varieties of heritage breed chickens:

  • Barred Rocks
  • Black Australorps
  • Buff Orpingtons
  • Rhode Island Reds

We hope to connect many backyard chicken enthusiasts with our chickens as possible. Please help us spread the word! After this chicken adoption day, the rest of the flock will be humanely butchered. We are still working through the details on when a new flock of chickens will be brought to the Learning Farm, so stay posted for more information. The Learning Farm remains committed to raising chickens for educational opportunities, production of local eggs, and meaningful volunteer experiences.

Thank you!

Erin Cummisford

Liberty Prairie Foundation



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