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Chickens in Our Backyards and Beyond

We have experienced an overwhelming level of interest in our Backyard Chickens workshops this Spring. Our recent workshop in March sold out with 35 attendees--and a waiting list. When we presented at this year's Family Farmed Expo in Chicago, an estimated 150 were in attendance with standing room only. Everyone wants chickens!


In addition to hosting Backyard Chickens workshops, AOLC Chicago Program Director Martha Boyd also manages a Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts google group. The group brings together a flock of folks in and around Chicago to share stories and promote best practices in raising chickens. Many former workshop attenders have requested to join the group, including those outside the city limits. A recent request reads:


"Hello, I live in St. Charles and am a member of the Geneva Green Market. I participated in the backyard chicken discussion this weekend at the Family Farmed. As a result of the tremendous info shared, I am no longer "on the fence" and am interested in raising backyard chickens and participating in your group. Thank you"


This week the Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts google group added it's 200th member!  


For more information about raising chickens in Chicago, watch In My Backyard, Chicago's Chicken Keepers, a fantastic video created by Medill Journalism students in late 2009.