Thursday, April 28, 2011

Coop Tour Season!

Keeping a few hens in the backyard has become so popular that advocates in many cities have organized tours of local coops. Raleigh, North Carolina chicken lovers have been admiring each other's coops for years. The 6th Annual Henside the Beltline Chicken Tour is May 21st.

Henside the Beltline Tour de Coop is a one-day garden tour that seeks to educate visitors about keeping hens in an urban environment. Learn the how-tos of chicken keeping, meet the chickens and see a wide variety of coop styles. 100% of the tour proceeds benefit Urban Ministries of Wake County, a non-profit organization that provides essential food and medical services to close to 20,000 Triangle residents annually. The 2010 Tour collected 2000 pounds of food and raised $5,300 for Urban Ministries.

For more information or high resolution photos visit our website or contact Rick Bennett at 919-609-9205 or

This list highlights some of them. Check around your chicken friends to find out whether your area has one. If not, perhaps you are the one to get it started!

Alameda, California, May
Albuquerque, New Mexico, July
Atlanta, Georgia, Urban Chicken Coop Tour, May
Austin, Texas, Funky Chicken Coop Tour, April
Bend, Oregon, May
Dallas, Texas, A Peep at the Coops, April,
Davis, California Tour de Cluck, May
Denver, Colorado, October,
Jackson County, southern Illinois, Coops du Jour, June
Milton, Massachusetts Tour de Coops, October,
Phoenix, Arizona Tour de Coops,
Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts, April
Portland, Oregon, July
Salt Lake City, Utah, Tour de Coops, June
Seattle, Washington, July
Spokane, Washington, June,

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