Hens for Homewood – Classes


Chicken Care Basics and Coop Building

Backyard chickens are now allowed in Homewood! If you’re interested in raising chickens and want to learn how to care for them properly, this two-part course is essential. Taught by Jennifer Murtoff, the Midwest’s only chicken consultant, and sponsored by Hens for Homewood and World of Enrichment.

Saturday, June 21

Session 1: Chicken-Keeping Class 10 AM to noon

This class is designed for curious folks who are considering getting chickens, as well as for those who already have their own birds and who want to learn more! Come learn how to raise chicks, care for adult birds, and keep your neighbors happy!

Session 2: Chicken Coop Basics 12:30 to 2:30 PM

This class addresses what you need to know about building a safe and comfortable home for your hens. You’ll learn the basic needs of backyard birds (they’re not fussy, really, but there are some things you need to know!). Find out the essential components of a coop, things to avoid when choosing construction materials, important construction tips, and see different coop styles.


Cost: $18 per session or $30 for both sessions

(If registering for both sessions, use discount code CHICK at checkout to get the discount!)

Registration deadline: June 16, 2014
This course is open to participants 12 years and older. Maximum 20 participants per class. Light refreshments will be provided; participants enrolled in both sessions should bring a bag lunch.

AbJenMurtoffout the instructor: Jennifer Murtoff of Home to Roost LLC provides compassionate, homespun consulting and emergency care for backyard chickens in the Chicagoland area. A farmer’s granddaughter, Jennifer’s passion for fowl developed as she acquired a number of kinds of birds in south central Pennsylvania. Her flock included chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, quail, peafowl, pigeons, and golden pheasants. She 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.


For questions with registering, please call 708.249.4008