'Chicken College' Coming to Homewood

Hens for Homewood want residents to be responsible hen owners—and they're willing to help.

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. 

Register online. 






Marcus Bernath May 20, 2014 at 11:36 AM
This is just plain stupid!! If people want to have chickens they should of bought a farm!! I see tons of people thst don't even pick up their poop from their dogs when they walk them. Now those same people are gonna be the ones responsible for keeping up chicken coops?? Well at least if my dogs accidentally get out they will have something to eat now!!!
SouthSide May 21, 2014 at 02:26 PM
Great idea. I hope some of my neighbors participate.
Kate Duff May 21, 2014 at 04:05 PM
Actually, a dog that is off the owner's property and severely injures or kills any domestic animal is at risk of being declared a dangerous dog, which means all sorts of problems for the owner (including liability insurance).
SoSub Resident May 24, 2014 at 09:31 PM
Weighing in here... I guess I'm just totally missing the point of having live chickens in backyards in Homewood. Fresh eggs? I'm good with that; but can't they be more conveniently purchased from an organic consortium, without the cost of a chicken coop/construction/heat/? And don't we have enough animal protection concern, without adding another layer of semi-farm animals? Are the chicken coop folks looking for fresh chicken... not to be gross, but we still have heavy hooks in the basement from my grandparents' wringing their necks and draining them into tubs... and what happens when the chickens wander into neighboring yards with dogs... the thought just makes me sad. I guess I'm just missing the entire concept, is the bottom line.
Kate Duff June 02, 2014 at 01:57 PM
Registration for Chicken College has been extended to Monday, June 16. If we don't have enough registrants, we won't be able to hold the classes, so please sign up now. Thanks!


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