Members of the Spitz family usually start their day in Northbrook by working out, making coffee and feeding their two chickens, Nigel and Roscoe.
About two and a half years ago, Jennifer Amdur Spitz and her husband Jeff Spitz brought the somewhat unusual family pets into their house in an effort to teach their two sons, Sam and A.J., about where their food comes from.
The parents said that when their oldest son became infected with an antibiotic-resistant bacterium called campylobacter after eating a chicken salad, they got a wake-up call about what they eat.
“It was scary as heck,” Amdur Spitz said. “It really caused me to ask a lot of questions about food and where it comes from.”