Backyard Chickens: Tour de Coops

Tour de Coops 2009 There’s a good chance you’ve been around long enough to have heard of a garden tour. Gardening people open their backyards to total strangers – albeit they are garden enthusiasts, which makes it perfectly acceptable – to share what they have created by way of their landscaping talents. Some people visit to get ideas for their own gardens, others visit to enjoy the beauty of plants well raised.

Here in Portland we like to do things a little different. Here we also have backyard chicken tours. Now in its sixth year, Growing Gardens hosts Tour de Coops. This event gives people an opportunity to see what’s involved in raising backyard chickens, get ideas for different types of coops to build or buy, and ask questions from those that know.

Here are the basics for this years Tour de Coops: Happening this Saturday, July 25th, from 11am – 3pm. Cost: $10 for booklet with map of homes, descriptions, photographs, and suggested bike or walking routes. Booklets are available at several locations.

Not in Portland? Check out this list of urban chicken coop tours. Maybe your town is there. If not, make it happen for next year.

Go chickens!

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