Backyard chickens are now allowed within village limits, and the Hens for Homewood group wants to make sure residents know what's up with the cluck.
The group will offer a two-part course in raising and caring for chickens, led by Jennifer Murtoff, of Home to Roost LLC.
Home to Roost LLC provides compassionate, homespun consulting and emergency care for backyard chickens in the Chicagoland area. Murtoff offers information and resources on chicken care from chick to adult, provides emergency advice and troubleshooting, as well as avian veterinary referrals, and assists families with their own flocks.
Scheduled for June 21 at the World of Enrichment, the class will be batched into two sessions: chicken-keeping class and chicken coop basics. The chicken-keeping class, slotted for 10 a.m. to noon, will focus on how to raise chicks, care for adult birds, and "keep your neighbors happy."
The coop class, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., will offer tips on building a safe and comfortable home for hens, as well as the basic needs of backyard birds. Murtoff will advise on essential components of a coop, things to avoid when choosing construction materials, important construction tips, and different coop styles.
The course is open to participants 12 years and older, with a maximum of 20 participants per class. Cost is $18 per session or $30 for both sessions; registration must be completed by May 31.