Posts Tagged ‘chickens’

Iowa City One Step Closer to Legalizing Chickens

Home to Roost was interviewed this week for this article on the quest to legalize chickens in Iowa City.

The Iowa City City Council voted 5-2 on the first consideration of an amendment to the city’s zoning code on establishing a permit process, which would allow residents to keep chickens at single-family detached residences. Councilors Michelle Payne and Terry Dickens voted against the measure.

Good luck, Iowa City chicken enthusiasts!

4 Nov., 2012: Home to Roost speaks at Bioneers conference

I’ll be at the Great Lakes Bioneers Conference at UIC, 750 S. Halsted in Chicago, on Sunday, 11/4. For details on the event, go to the Bioneers Chicago website. 

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

The Charm of Chickens: Reasons for Raising Backyard Birds
Jennifer Murtoff

A fun, interactive look at why people in the city are raising chickens. Jennifer will engage the audience with Q&A about their opinions/ideas about raising chickens, especially in the areas of gardening and composting. Meet some of her hens and experience the difference between backyard vs. battery eggs!

Jennifer MurtoffHome to RoostThe MidWest’s only chicken consultant, Jennifer Murtoff provides compassionate, homespun consulting and emergency care for backyard chickens in the Chicagoland area. She offers information and resources on chicken care and leads workshops and classes on backyard chickens.


Pan American Development Foundation Fights Hunger… with Chickens

8,000 chickens lead to grassroots relief for hungry Haitians. Read more here. Incidentally, I was invited to participate in a similar endeavor in Haiti earlier this summer. I hope to go sometime!

Helping Your Chickens Survive the Dog Days of Summer

As the temperatures and humidity soar, you’ll want to help your hens keep cool. A few tips for helping your hens beat the heat!

As the temperatures hit the mid-80s, your birds will probably start panting. If temperatures hit above 100, your birds may suffer heatstroke. Here are some tips, excerpted from my class on chickens and heat, to prevent that.

1) Provide fresh, clean water – and lots of it.

2) Freeze 2-liter bottles and put them in the coop to cool it down.

3) Remove excess bedding, which traps heat.

4) Feed a crumble feed, rather than a whole-grain food. Grains generate heat as they are metabolized.

5) Provide shade.

If you notice that the birds are listless and lethargic (signs of heat stress), consider bringing them into a cool basement or to an airconditioned mudroom (in a dog crate or portable cage).

As always, keep an eye on your birds and know what’s normal for them. This will help you catch problems before they become life threatening.

Columbia College, Chicago, Professor Makes Documentary About His Chickens

Jeff Spitz, film professor at Columbia College, lives in Northbrook, IL, and his newest project, Food Patriots, is a 90-minute documentary on his family’s experience with chickens. The film will be aired on PBS this year. Read more about the project here. 

20 June, 2012: Chicken Presentation at the Riverside Public Library

Home to Roost Urban Chicken Consulting was hatched upon finding that people in urban and suburban areas are flocking to chicken raising. Why is this trend catching on? One of the main reasons is eggs. Come to this presentation to learn more about the other reasons behind this segment of the urban agriculture movement.

Wednesday:  June 20, 2012

at 7:00 p.m.

in the Great Room of the Riverside Public Library

For more information contact:

Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, Riverside, IL 60546, 708-442-6366, or

Download the pdf flier here!

Deerfield, IL, Considers Chickens

How many hens do you think families in Deerfield should be allowed to have? Vote and read more about this piece of news here!


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