A Peep at the Coops: The Urban Coop Tour

  • April 18, 2010 · 11:00 AM

A PEEP AT THE COOPS: THE URBAN COOP TOUR is to be held in East Dallas from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 18. (The rain date is April 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) This info is from the tour's blog: http://apeepatthecoop...

Ten or so creative coops for city chickens from simple to "eggstravagant" will be featured on this FREE, self-guided tour that will take place in the beautiful White Rock Lake area of Dallas, Texas. The coops will highlight different approaches to keeping and enjoying these pampered pets, "eggsellent" layers, and a great addition to a green lifestyle. Visitors will have the opportunity to see many different breeds of chickens and learn about their unique personalities and characteristics. Several other sustainable practices will be on view as well, such as beekeeping, composting, rainwater harvesting and more! You're invited to come and engage in a little "chicken chat" with our interesting hosts and sponsors. Raffle tickets will be sold on the tour. Here are just a few of the prizes:

Green Living Gift Basket -- approx. $50 value
Whole Foods Gift Basket -- approx. $75 value
Walton's Garden Center -- Five $50 gift certificates
Squaresville Studio Photography - $100 gift certificate
Dirty Dawgz -- two free doggie baths
East Dallas Veterinary Clinic -- $40 gift certificate
Southwest Feed Mills - feeder, waterer, book and 25 lbs. chicken feed (approx. $50)
Elliott's Hardware -- rain barrel
Roach Feed and Seed -- $20 gift certificate

Funds raised by the raffle and by the sale of T-shirts beyond the coop tour's nominal expenses will go to the establishment of coops and/or chicken programs at area community gardens, schools, and others.

For information about coop locations, visit the A PEEP AT THE COOPS: THE URBAN COOP TOUR blog.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    As a host coop for the tour it was amazing to see all the interest in chickens. I met and chatted with so many interesting people that were seriously thinking about getting a coop and chickens. The tour was a huge success even with the crappy weather. I look forward to next years tour when I can go around and see other coops. Happy Hens!

    April 19, 2010

  • Jeanne W.

    Very well organized and informative

    April 19, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was so much fun! We really enjoyed checking out everyone's setups. A huge thank-you to all those who opened up their homes and spent their Sundays sharing with us.

    April 19, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    So inspiring! I can't wait for my chicks to grow up and start laying eggs.

    April 19, 2010

  • Bryan R.

    I really enjoyed seeing all the different coops in the area. Inspiring! Here is a link to photos we took on the tour for those that missed it. http://picasaweb.google.com/bry...­

    April 19, 2010

  • Dave P.

    Fantastic event, I hope all the coop owners and helpers will get to have their own tour so we can see all the coops too! Maybe we could rent a small bus to ride around in, and get some biodiesel from Greenspot to run it on.

    April 19, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I came away with so many new ideas, such as the compostmania.com bin. Can't wait to start raising my own protein (grubs) for the chicks. My sincere gratitude to all the chicken enthusiasts who welcomed us into their backyards. I was blown away not only by your coops, but also by the obvious signs of your zest for life - kayaks hanging just steps away from a creek, ammonite fossils embedded into a walk, a zen garden with collection of bonsai trees, a worm garden, mushroom garden, home-baked cookies, children's name cards in the schoolyard garden, PVC pipe turned into feeding shoot, & tiny fridge in an "outhouse-like" structure next to coop for neighbors to buy eggs using honor system. Thanks again to all of you!

    April 19, 2010

  • Jeff O.

    It was a lot of fun. It was more of a backyard garden show than a coop tour since the coops at several of the homes were really a small part of some great backyard retreats. We got some great ideas for the backyard from it.

    April 18, 2010

  • Amethyst L.

    It was great. Can't wait for the next one.

    April 18, 2010

  • Amethyst L.

    I had a great time at the tour. I got a late start & didn't get to all the houses but really enjoyed seeing all the different set-ups. Thanks to all those who helped organize & showed their homes. Got some great ideas too. Wish there could be another one too because everyone I told about it wished they had gone too.

    April 18, 2010

  • Dyan M.

    We are sorry we missed it. My mother who is 92 was looking forward to it but the weather scared us off. Please have it again.

    April 18, 2010

  • Kim W.

    I really enjoyed seeing how each of the participants incorporated their coops into their beautiful yards, and were so willing to have so many strangers traipsing thru their property! Each coop "home" was visibly marked making the tour very easy to navigate as well.
    I have to say that visiting the school's coop and talking with the kids who are involved with that program was very nice! Thumbs up to that wonderful program!

    April 18, 2010

  • Chris C.

    We had a great time visiting each of the homes. I was really surprised at the number of people that were there. Thank you to all the organizers and home owners.

    April 18, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I brought a car full of women from the FW area and we had a great time! Only 2 of us have chickens, but the others really enjoyed seeing what fun other people can have with them. The gardens were beautiful and it was well worth the drive (140 miles round trip).

    April 18, 2010

  • Alexis N.

    One more thing......is there a final count? Would love to know how many people went to each house. What a great turnout!

    April 18, 2010

  • Alexis N.

    I had the BEST time today!!! I want to thank everyone who participated in showing their coops on this tour. It was so much fun to see everyone's beautiful yard and chickens. This tour has also made me want to completely re-do my backyard. =) I was so glad to see some Meetup people on the tour! Dave, thanks for your lesson in fish/plants (photovoltaic system?). Carolyn, I was so glad to see you at the Hillgreen house. You are so sweet. And Chere, your house is fantastic! I wish my husband and daughter had come along with me today- they would have loved your place. Thanks to everyone for all their hard work. Hope we can do it again next year. And I LOVE my new T-Shirt- it's darling. =))

    Alexis

    April 18, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great event. We returned from our kid's school campout late in the day, so I only had time to hit the sites near us on the east side of the lake, but every one I visited was interesting and informative. The owners of each were very, very hospitable and helpful. Nice info from people actually doing it. Got good insights into feeding, watering, litter, waste, nesting, egg management and composting. Thanks again for organizing.

    April 18, 2010

  • Elaine D

    The tour was great--and what a huge turnout for such an inclement day!! Thanks to all the homeowners who opened their yards and took the time to make this a great first tour.

    April 18, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    The tour was wonderful!! Well organized, plenty of signs, and everyone at each site was super nice. Thanks for putting this event out there!

    April 18, 2010

  • Kelly C.

    Had a great time at the tour.

    April 18, 2010

  • Eden's G.

    We may not be as funky as Austin, but we do love our chickens! Looking forward to meeting other likeminded folks on the tour.

    April 4, 2010

  • Kim W.

    Can't wait for the Coop Tour! I'm with Alexis, the site is awesome!

    March 24, 2010

  • Alexis N.

    Looking forward to the Coop Tour! The blog website looks great!!!! See you soon.
    Alexis =)

    March 24, 2010

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