I'm searching for all those wanna be backyard chicken owners in McHenry Co., IL (north of Chicago).
Our local extension office has been most UNhelpful, informing me that they "don't think many people around here would be interested in that." And how, exactly, would they know?
Our local college offers several "green" and "local food" classes (as well as the "Chickens for Eggs class I just took) so I'm hoping to have better luck there. I'm also hoping to contact people in West Dundee, IL, since they just got their ordinance changed, the lucky ducks! (pun intended)
I'll be reading through all the various posts on this topic to get further ideas, but right now what I really need is other interested people. Don't expect much success as an army of one.
At present none of our towns (that I'm aware of) allow chickens. The county ordinance only allows poultry on land that is zoned Agricultural 1, and I believe the towns follow all county ordinances (at least as I understand it) so it seems like the first step might be to get the county ordinance changed (if someone else knows differently, please enlighten me.) I have seen some counties that have changed their ordinances to allow chickens.
Any suggestions, etc. greatly appreciated!