Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Onward and upward! Keep living green in Brookfield.

We're excited to move from pushing for the right to raise our own food and hens in our yards. Now there will be lots more to learn about how to do it right in addition to lots of other ways to enjoy living green in Brookfield!

If you plan on raising hens and need to learn about their requirements, want to lean about how to make a rain barrel (and where to get the supplies!), are interested in learning to garden in very little space, are curious about canoeing the Salt Creek or exploring our forest preserves, then this is your group! We'll continue the discussion and learning on our new Facebook page. Just click "like" below:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


The Board of the Village of Brookfield voted last night to allow 3 hens per residence/lot/address. If you have a duplex or a double lot, it's still only 3 total allowed for the address. Additionally, no composting of chicken manure may take place. 

With all the love in the world, thank you to everyone who supported this ordinance. Let's continue to show the community all the positives that come from living in a chicken-friendly community. Do right by your hens and neighbors, keep a coop that you'd be proud to show off.

THANK YOU!! Pat yourselves on the back. Everyone did a great job.


I look forward to a late spring Tour de Coop and hen club showings...all sorts of fun stuff!

Thursday, October 6, 2011


Hello backyard chicken supporters! Time to turn our attentions once again to the Brookfield Village Hall. Monday, October 10th the board will meet to vote on a backyard hen ordinance in Brookfield, Illinois. The meeting is this Monday at 6:30pm at the village hall located at 8820 Brookfield Ave in Brookfield. The BNSF Metra stops about 300′ from the village hall and the 331 route from Pace stops outside the building.

This is the big one, folks! Come out! Call the board members, send them emails...let them know we want this for our community!

This ignorant way of thinking, that chickens are in some way "dangerous", can only be met with patience and education. Get your fact cards out, let them know all the pluses to keeping backyard hens and that there are sound facts that debunk all of the popular myths.

If you can not attend the meeting, please call or email the village trustees to share your thoughts:

Monday, September 12, 2011

Further Discussion: September 12th Meeting with the Village

Another friendly reminder that the Village of Brookfield, IL board will be meeting tonight to further discuss the addition of a backyard hen-friendly ordinance.

Your continued support is needed and greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Village vote: September 12th

Hello good chicken loving people. Just a friendly reminder that the Village of Brookfield will next be meeting to vote on this ordinance on September 12th. Please keep spreading the positive messages about the benefits of urban agriculture! We can make a great change together. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Landmark / Feedback from Monday's meeting

Thank you to the Landmark for their ongoing coverage.

I've been wrestling with this issue about my "good neighbors".

Neither neighbor on either side has ever said a word to me on this topic or any other, yet had plenty to say in front of the community. THAT breaks my heart.

When anyone takes a stand on an issue, no matter if it's positive or negative, there will always be negative people who want to tear them down. That can't be the thing that stops progress.

We have company in our yard all the time. The Landmark reporter and photographer stood right next to the coop. Most people didn't even notice the chickens until we pointed them out in the back corner.

The smell issue came in when we had problems with mud earlier in the season directly resulting from downspouts dumping into the dirt & gravel alley and puddling in our yard. We just could not get the back section of our yard to dry out. We couldn't walk to our gate or garage, so I stupidly thought that some straw or hay would help remedy the situation, which turned out to smell very bad. $200 in pea gravel later, we've raised the grade enough to help, but not fix it. Once the hay was removed and the pea gravel put down, the smell was gone. I admit that I thought for a bit that it might be the coop as well, but that was dismissed immediately when I cleaned the coop and the smell was still there.

I've lived many places all over the country, but never experienced the kind of "good neighbors" I've experienced at my current address. Sadly, the rest of the community is witnessing only one moment in a year's worth of living at my current address. Ongoing rude and hostile hasn't been fun. I learned after moving in that our neighbors have reputations which predate our move there. We've just tried to ignore them and enjoy our lives and good friends.

Thankfully we all witnessed what the rest of the town's citizens are like on Monday night. There was a great showing of intelligent, well-informed, articulate, compassionate people who know that this is a good thing for Brookfield. It was exciting to see and moving to hear their speeches. Most of the other concerns can be addressed by referencing the available data. It would be interesting to see if a workshop with an educated professional would be well-received.

Moving forward, it's probably best that I step back since the backyard hens discussion shouldn't be about me, hostile neighbors, or any one individual. It should be about the entire Village of Brookfield taking one more step toward being the most progressive, green, environmentally friendly community in Illinois.

Monday, August 8, 2011


Thank you to everyone who came out tonight. I was so impressed and moved by the heartfelt and intelligent speeches. You all were amazing. It went so well, much better than I anticipated. Great job everyone!

A solid 90% of people who got up to speak were pro-backyard hens and you all spoke so well. Great testimonials by all.

In response to the concerns of the "not-pro chicken" folks:
  • They worry about smell and are going to assume that any odor at all is directly related to the chickens. There is a lot to learn with regard to maintaining your coop and birds. One suggestion would be to offer a workshop for folks wanting to keep birds so they can learn about layering bedding, use of barn lime, cleaning schedules, etc. 
  • Regarding concerns about noise, there should be neighborly understanding that we all have noises that come from just living in our yards. Pool parties, kids playing and screaming...that just comes from living with neighbors. Hens are not roosters. The level of noise they make is FAR less than kids at play and is about the same level as adults conversing when they're making any sound at all. They're usually quiet, but do rustle around a bit when they're laying, depending on the personality of the hen.
  • Backyard chickens do not pose a significant threat of salmonella. Handling raw chicken meat is certainly a far greater threat. Smart handling should be common sense. We always wash our hands after handling the birds, but the data points to commercial poultry facilities as posing a much greater danger.
  • Mice and pests: There is a reasonable concern about coops attracting mice. This is quickly dispelled once you learn that chickens are omnivores and will not tolerate mice in their coop. -They'll actually attack them! 
  • With regard to raccoons, we had far more trouble with them when we didn't have chickens. They were getting into our neighbor's pool, into our bird bath, into our other neighbor's dog food. There is a family of about 20 raccoons living in the tree at the end of our alley and we're right across from the forest preserve. Our coop is well-built, tightly screened with hardwire cloth, and well-maintained. We don't have any trouble with raccoons that is directly related to the chicken coop.
  • Hens require about 5 square feet apiece for living space. We actually doubled that just because we had room to, but owners need not have access to large amounts of acreage in order to keep chickens. -Which is one of the most wonderful things about them. You can live a little more sustainably just by keeping a hen or two and some vegetables in a small garden. Access to food on your own property isn't just for people with farms. It's a great thing!
Aside from that, nothing beats communication between neighbors. If we don't talk to one another, there's no way to manage or respond to concerns. Being a good neighbor is making sure that the lines of communication are open, which leads to more positive environments for everyone, right?
One of our next door neighbors drains their downspouts into the alley next to our house. We always end up with a big mud pit by our back gate. I had made the mistake of trying to help the situation by mixing hay into the mud (thinking "adobe"!) but that stunk really bad. We ended up raking up the hay and putting a couple hundred dollars of pea gravel back there to raise the grade, which helped immensely. This was an issue that was bad literally on both sides of the fence. We should have been talking about it. Obviously a lot of energy was spent feeling resentful when a friendly chat would have rectified the situation.
    The Village board was open and pretty considerate of all the feedback they heard tonight...and they heard a LOT. All in all it was pretty positive and we look forward to hearing how things turn out on September 12th, which is the next meeting on the subject.


    The Village board is meeting tonight in an attempt to redefine the legal definition of the word "livestock" instead of properly addressing the urban agriculture movement.

    The grounds for clarifying this ordinance is "Can Brookfield continue to enjoy this privilege that has been available to all citizens since it's inception?"

    It is worth mentioning that the board as a whole has NOT heard any of the factual data that supports keeping backyard chickens. We have yet to present this information to the group. The BYC movement supporters in our village should expect factual evidence, not subjective opinion, to be the basis on which this decision is made.

    Do we want a government who revokes civil liberties without community feedback, justification and incontrovertible data to support their action?

    6:30 tonight at The Village Hall. Please come out and support us!

    Sunday, August 7, 2011

    Note the time discrepancy: The hearing is at 6:30pm, not 7.


    The village posted 7pm on their website, but their agenda documents say the meeting will start at 6:30.

    Please plan on being there at 6:30, ready to let the village know that we will not stand for the revocation of rights that have been in place since the the town was established!

    Don't let them bulldoze us! And if this does not play out in a fair and equitable manner that pays due respect to the voting citizens of the village, we need to remember this when election time comes around.

    Friday, August 5, 2011


    Friends! Neighbors!

    WE'RE BACK ON THE DOCKET: Brookfield's village board will take up the issue of whether to allow backyard chickens Monday night at a committee of the whole meeting scheduled for THIS MONDAY 8/8/2011 6:30 p.m. at the village hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave.

    Please be there in person to show your support. Bring a friend, bring your neighbors, BRING SIGNS!

    Have a great weekend and remember:
    "When chickens are outlawed, only outlaws will have chickens"


    Wednesday, July 27, 2011


    I am incredibly moved and touched by the folks who have reached out and offered to chip in for a toxicology test on the birds.

    The birds were disposed of 2 days ago by the Village public works person. A very sweet woman with the village offered to send him out so we wouldn't have to figure out what to do with the remains. I would have liked to find out for certain if they were poisoned, but the officer who came out gave the advice that even if we find out they were for sure, that wouldn't produce the person who did it, if they were in fact poisoned. I decided it made for more peaceful closure to let it go. I hope that turns out to be the right thing.

    We should also keep in mind that it is an assumption (not a proven fact) that the hens were poisoned. The thing that keeps bringing me back to this notion is that they all 3 died at once. I can't get my head around anything else that would have caused such a thing. At any rate, to be fair to our sense of injustice and reality, we should keep in mind that there could be an explanation that does not involve malice. The only thing we know for sure is that someone entered our yard, left our garage open, passed out flyers with our address on them, then our 3 pets were discovered dead. There is no way to know that these 3 events are related or just a really bad-looking set of coincidence. If this is the act of a malicious individual, then that will hopefully come out in the wash. They must live with their actions. I suspect they will be caught eventually.

    Either way, I think it is abundantly clear that the people in our community find these types of actions abhorrent. Please keep in mind that the poison theory is unproven and will most likely remain so. To create an environment of anger and outrage will do no one any good.

    As always, our ultimate goal is to influence a positive change that is pro-urban agriculture in our community.

    Tuesday, July 26, 2011

    Adding an auto-waterer to your backyard coop

    A question came up about our birds and the recent heatwave about whether or not they were getting enough water. I think that's a fair question and I'd like to show you all how we tended to the issue of making sure they always had plenty to drink. This setup is very easy to do. I hope we all get a chance to roll a little green ingenuity into our lives and enjoy the urban agriculture movement here in Brookfield.

    We've been making do with a 1 gallon watering dish for the girls. Now that they're laying, it's not even getting them through the day. They're consuming feed at at least twice the rate that they used to, and now the water needs to be filled up twice a day. So in order to make sure fresh water is always available to them, I devised a contraption that involves a gravity-fed auto-waterer, a food-safe rain barrel, and food-safe tubing (came with the waterer), a cage around the dish, and a paving stone to elevate the dish a bit so the girls won't get it so dirty.

    Auto waterer

    From my research, if you're going to use a rain barrel for consumption or on edibles, it must be made of food-safe plastic and not be connected to your downspouts. There are petroleum byproducts in shingles and tar that will leach into the water if you hook it up to anything coming off your roof.

    Auto waterer

    I bought this low pressure automatic waterer meant for backyard chickens online ($34.90). There's nothing to it. There's a dial to adjust the pressure while the water is released into the bowl. There's a float inside that shuts the tap off when the bowl is full. In short, awesome. So much better than the risk of leaving a dry bowl for the poor hens. I added the cage ($24) around the bowl in hopes that it'll help keep it from getting so dirty. The girls love to kick all sorts of gunk in there and I figure if I'm not going to have to keep as close a watch on their water, I should make sure it stays as clean as possible for as long as possible.

    I've procured an empty feed barrel from our local farm supply store ($15) and will be cutting a hole in the lid to be lined with mesh for collection from the sky instead of the downspout. Until we start getting enough rain to keep it full, I'll fill it from the hose. Can't wait to get the whole thing up and running. For now I'm doing a test run with the waterer hooked up to the hose and it's working like a dream!

    Rain barrel

    Thank you

    Thanks to everyone for your compassionate messages about our hens. Of course we cannot say for sure what led to the deaths of our pets, and I would like to think that it was some freak incident, but I keep coming back to, "How would they all die at the same time?" We may never know, but forgiveness for the situation as a whole will benefit our hearts the most.

    Honestly, the thing that is upsetting me the most right now is that this is pulling focus away from the ordinance, which benefits the whole community. It's hard to stick your neck out and not have the topic be about you, but I really tried. Sure, I put myself out as an example, but only to show that this is a fun thing to participate in. I really had (have) a vision of adding something fun and quriky to our little town. I'd LOVE to see coop and garden tours, urban agriculture clubs for the kids, etc. 

    I love our access to the Salt Creek, our beautiful forest preserves, the farmer's market, our rain barrels scattered throughout town (some painted with fun designs), that we have a thriving garden club, and our zoo. Can you see that this all ties together?

    I hope that can still happen.

    Monday, July 25, 2011



    The agenda item relating to Chapter 4 (chickens in Brookfield), will be postponed to a future meeting.

    Due to the alleged criminal activity resulting in the deaths of chickens in Brookfield, the Board will not be discussing this tonight in any manner.  The Board of Trustees will only entertain discussion of this issue following the pending criminal investigation.

    Sunday, July 24, 2011

    Tomrrow is the day!

    Tomorrow, July 25th at 6:30pm the board will be meeting at the village hall to discuss a backyard chicken-friendly ordinance here in Brookfield, IL. They'll be looking to the citizens of the village to see if there is legitimate interest in this going through. In short, we need people there to show that we want this. Please come out, bring your neighbors, your spouse, your kids, your friends.

    You may not want this right now, or ever, but it will certainly be taken away if the village doesn't feel that the citizens want it.

    Hope to see you there!

    In the meantime, here's a video from The Martha Stewart Show going through the basics of setting up digs for backyard chicks.

    Friday, July 22, 2011


    Only 3 days left to make sure the Village of Brookfield, Illinois hears your voice! WE NEED PEOPLE to show up at the board meeting. Can you be there? Monday, July 25th at 6:30pm at the Village Hall. Bring neighbors! Bring friends! Bring signs!

    Have you signed the petition yet? If you already did, have all the registered voters in your home signed? How about friendly neighbors? Please click here to sign the petition! 67 of our neighbors already have. :)

    Thursday, July 21, 2011

    What is "Livestock"?

    Since we're referring to a legal issue, we must go by the legal definition of "livestock". In Illinois, the legal definition of "livestock" does not include a small flock of backyard hens. I discovered this after phone calls with the attorneys from the Illinois Farm Bureau and the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

    The blessing (and sometimes curse) of legal definitions is that they give us a definitive outline of what every word means and how it must be interpreted to avoid subjective applications.

    Therefore, the definition of the term is not up for discussion. "It is what it is." Backyard hens are not "livestock".

    Not living in the country should not preclude one from being engaged with nature, raising your own food, or trying to live a more sustainable life.

    Power to the Poultry!

    PS: Don't forget that the Village hearing on this subject is this coming Monday the 25th of July at 6:30pm. And if you haven't yet, please click this link to sign the online petition. Thank you!!

    Wednesday, July 20, 2011

    Fun reading

    Here are a couple new articles to read on the topic of keeping backyard hens:

    Brookfielder calls fowl on hen ban
    (Uneasy at the photo of myself, but the hens look fabulous.)

    Western Springs allows raising of chickens

    > Chickens pass muster in Evanston

    > Move hatched to allow chickens in Crystal Lake

    And this great blog: Fox Valley Citizens 4 Legal Chickens

    Please be sure to take a moment to mark Monday, July 25th 6:30pm on your calendar. Come out and support urban agriculture in Brookfield! And if you have an extra moment, please sign the online petition.

    Monday, July 18, 2011

    7 Myths about Urban Chickens

    Originally found at the WMRA Blog


    The Public Broadcasting audio link to this article is available here:

    7 Myths about Urban Chickens, a Civic Soapbox by Pat Foreman 


    There are many false beliefs and prejudices about keeping chickens, and the seven issues that routinely surface are:

    1. disease, 
    2. noise, 
    3. odor and flies,
    4. predators and rodents,
    5. property values,
    6. appearances, 
    7. what will the neighbors think?

    Here’s the facts about each issue.

    Myth 1:  Urban Chickens Carry Diseases. 
    Fact: Small flocks have literally no risk of avian flu transmission to humans. The 2006 Grain Report states: “When it comes to bird flu, diverse small-scale poultry is the solution, not the problem.” Why? Because small flocks have better immune systems.
    Myth 2. Chickens are Noisy. 
    Fact: Laying hens — at their very loudest — have about the same decibel level as human conversation (65 decibels). Roosters make most of the noise and many times they're not allowed in urban areas.
    Myth 3. Waste and Odor. 
    Fact: a forty pound dog generates more doggie-do (about ¾  of a pound) then ten chickens (two-thirds of a pound of poo daily ).  Both poops are smelly. But the key is to keep the chicken manure from accumulating, and this is done by composing.Composted chicken manure is valuable as a high-nitrogen fertilizer.

    Myth 4. Chickens Attract Predators, Pests and Rodents.
    Fact: Predators and rodents are already living in urban areas. Wild bird feeders, pet food, gardens, fish ponds, bird baths, and trash waiting to be collected all attract raccoons, foxes, rodents and flies. Modern micro-flock coops, such as chicken tractors, elevated coops and fencing provide ways of keeping, and managing, family flocks that eliminate concerns about such pests. 
    And about those pests, chickens are voracious carnivores and will seek and eat just about anything that moves including ticks (think Lyme disease), fleas, mosquitoes, grasshoppers, stink bugs, slugs, and even mice, baby rats and small snakes.
    Myth 5. Property Values Will Decrease.
    Fact: There is not one single documented case that I know about a family flock that has decreased the value of real estate.
    Myth 6. Coops are Ugly.
    Fact: Micro-flock coop designs can be totally charming, upscale and even whimsical.Common design features include blending in with the local architectural, matching the slope of the roof and complementing color schemes.
    Myth 7. What Will Neighbors Think?
    Fact: You can’t control what anyone thinks, much less your neighbor. But in my experience, once folks experience the advantages and charms of chickens, the prejudice and fear evaporates; especially when you share some heart-healthy, good-for-you eggs from your hens.
    Often overlooked is the value of chickens as clucking civic bio-recyclers. They can divert tons of “waste” from the trash collection systems. Chickens will eat just about any kitchen “waste,” including “gone-by” leftovers that have seasoned in the refrigerator. Combine their manure with grass clippings and leaves to create compost and top soil.

    My chickens are charming, amicable and entertaining beings that bring so many advantages to my home garden. They are truly “pets with benefits”.

    May the flock be with you!
    --Patricia Foreman has kept chickens for years in Rockbridge County

    Please sign the petition!

    We've started an online petition to show our support for a backyard chicken friendly ordinance in Brookfield, IL. Will you take a moment and sign it? Please click here.

    Sunday, July 17, 2011

    Some quick facts about backyard chickens

    1. Hens don’t crow. Roosters do.
    2. You don’t need a rooster to have eggs.
    3. A small flock of chickens produces 88% less waste than an average backyard dog.
    4. Backyard chickens are not a sign of economically distressed areas. In fact, communities with pro-backyard chicken ordinances are viewed to be progressive and as having higher property values.
    5. Chickens do not attract mice. Fact: Chickens are omnivores and do not tolerate mice. They’ll actually chase them and eat them.
    6. Chickens are great composters. Give your kitchen scraps a second round by feeding them to your birds. They’ll return the favor with rich compost.
    7. Homegrown eggs are without hormones or chemicals, are higher in nutrients, lower in cholesterol, and taste 10 times better than store-bought eggs.
    8. Backyard chickens provide lessons for children about responsibility and where food comes from.
    9. Chickens provide natural insect control. As they hunt and peck around the yard, chickens gobble up grubs, earwigs and other bugs, treating our garden pests as tasty, nutritious treats.
    10. Chickens are fun and interesting. Every chicken has a personality—and lots of it. They aren’t particularly smart, but when properly socialized, chickens can be very friendly and even do tricks.  
    11. Their scratching for bugs is good for the soil. Chickens are enthusiastic foragers and will scratch around in the leaves and soil searching for the tastiest morsels. As they do, they aerate the soil and break down larger pieces of vegetation with their sharp talons, accelerating the decomposition process.
    12. Chickens are a great way to meet people and start conversations.   

    Thursday, July 14, 2011

    Our new flyer

    Please click the image below to download and distribute this flyer anywhere you deem appropriate. Print 'em out! Email them! Post to your blog or Facebook!

    Thank you for your support!!!

    Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    Village Hearing, History, and Landmark News

    So today was really interesting in the "Bring Backyard Chickens to Brookfield, IL" front. This morning I found out that not only did the Village allow chickens "back in the day", but there was actually a Brookfield Poultry Association that had competitions and awarded ribbons to residents who raised them here in town! Not only interesting, but really, really neat! I think that's pretty cool. I'd love to find out if they just fell out of favor. There doesn't appear to be any ordinance ever added to stop people from having them. Maybe this will be a situation where we find out that they've always been here. Still trying to get a copy of the Village charter.

    The second thing that I found out was that The Landmark, our local paper, wants to come out and learn more about what we're trying to do here. They're going to take pictures of the coop and the girls. Boy! Should I be doing something to primp them for their photo shoot?

    My dream is that in a year from now we can have walking neighborhood tours of people's backyard gardens & coops and maybe some friendly competitions. Wouldn't it be wonderful for the kids to all get together over in Kiwanis Park and show off their pet chicks?

    But the biggest, and most important, news is that we are confirmed for the hearing on the ordinance.  
    Please, please come out, bring a neighbor, and show your support. Even if you don't want to raise hens, help the folks who do enjoy this wonderful hobby currently or leave the option open for folks in the future.

    Thank you!

    Annie is getting ready to lay her first egg

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    Home stretch!

    Hi folks!

    July 25th will be here before we know it. If you support the idea of allowing folks to raise a handful of hens (not roosters) in their backyard here in Brookfield, would you please pick up the phone and share this with 2 friends? Then ask them to please do the same.

    Call your neighbors in Brookfield, IL and let them know that hens are green, interesting, and fun! They bring us a step closer to nature and our food source. There is no downside to raising backyard hens once you learn the facts.

    Will you help push this agenda through on July 25th?

    Thursday, June 30, 2011

    Moving toward this being on an official agenda

    GREAT NEWS!!! The Village will be moving forward with this issue. It's very important we show our numbers and support when this comes up on the Village agenda. The tentative date for this to be on the Village agenda is JULY 25TH.

    Please share this with friends and neighbors and be sure to come out and show your support for this ordinance!!! In the meantime, please continue to send your letters to Keith Sbiral and Village President Mike Garvey

    I find it wonderful that our local village officials are open to having a dialogue on the matter, but please note that they do not currently endorse it one way or another. Thank you!

    Wednesday, June 29, 2011

    Letter-writing campaign

    If you support the right for the citizens of Brookfield, IL to keep backyard chickens (And really, how could you not?), we would be so incredibly grateful if you'd take a moment and send an email to Keith Sbiral and cc Village President Mike Garvey -Or you can call 708-485-7344.

    Here's a sample email you may use (just copy and paste into your own email) to make it easy or please send your own words instead.

    Dear Mr. Sbiral and Mr. Garvey,

    I stand with the citizens of Brookfield, IL and support the addition of a chicken-friendly ordinance allowing the keeping of backyard hens in Brookfield. I know that backyard chickens bring a lot of positive contributions to communities which embrace them.

    (Your Name)

    If you'd like to embellish with your own words and thoughts, please take a few minutes to read through our FACT SHEET (click here to access the Google doc) about keeping backyard chickens. It'll help to add a few great facts and statistics to your letter.

    Thank you very much for your support!

    The movement to officially bring backyard chickens to Brookfield, Illinois

    Just under 1 year ago, we brought 4 baby chicks to our Brookfield, IL home in an effort to close one of many gaps in the link to our food, add one more green practice to our lives, and enjoy the educational and entertaining values that chickens bring.

    Free Ranging Girls!

    It wasn't long before we learned that our Village Inspector began leaving citations to remove the hens (no rooster), but no legal ordinance was noted. There is currently no ordinance on the books that we are in violation of, yet she persists in writing these citations on the basis that "no livestock is allowed". Upon further investigation, we discovered that the legal definition of "livestock" in our state and county does not mean a small flock of backyard hens. We brought this to the Village of Brookfield's attention and for awhile the harassment stopped. It is also worth noting that due to our high wood privacy fence, the coop and chickens are not visible from a public thoroughfare.

    We were served with yet another citation today, so the time has come...


    Through my discussions with all sorts of folks in the past year, I have found NO people who do not support this practice, and EVERY SINGLE ONE I've spoken with wants to keep them and wants to know when we get this ordinance in place.

    Will you join us?

    Join the Facebook Group: Bring Backyard Chickens to Brookfield, IL!