The Tour d'Coop has a new online home:

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New Tour D'Coop website

The Tour d'Coop has a new online home:

Friday, September 17, 2010

Chicken Keeping 101 - Fall 2010 classes

WHEN: Saturday, October 30, 2010, 10:00 a.m. OR Sunday, October 31, 2010, 2:00 p.m. OR Monday, November 1, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Room 159, Kilgore Hall, NC State University
COST: A fee of $5 per person will be requested. (No pre-registration required.)

This presentation by long-time chicken-keeper Bob Davis will confirm that keeping backyard chickens is both desirable and attainable. Chickens produce eggs, make wonderful pets, and provide an earth connection for their humans. Details of their care will be covered, including sources of birds, housing, feeding, and health.

Bob will present the 'Chicken Keeping 101' talk on three separate dates and times. It is the same talk each time, so you need only attend one. The talk lasts about 1.5 hours, depending on questions, with time for further questions at the end, so you might want to allow about two hours. Please try to arrive a little early, so that the class can start on time.

Free parking is available in the Brooks Lot on the corner of Brooks and Hillsborough. Kilgore Hall is directly across Hillsborough Street from the parking lot (bamboo structures in front). Room 159 is located in the center of the building on the first floor.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Fifth Annual Tour d'Coop - Saturday, May 15, 2010

This year's Tour is approaching quickly! Since there are 20 coops participating in the event, you will need to plan ahead to see the ones that interest you the most. Read the following descriptions to organize your day and refer to the panel on the left for information about ticket sites. We look forward to meeting you on the Tour!

Coops #1-#4, near the CupAJoe ticket site in Mission Valley Shopping Center:

1.  New on the Tour in 2010!  This backyard chicken heaven features a greenhouse-chicken yard connection, easy egg access, beautiful birds and natural perches. Our six-year-old boy is a champion chicken catcher (his favorite hen is Rosa). We also keep bees for honey and pollination. Visiting kids who are well supervised by accompanying adults will find lots of fun stuff to do.

2.  Our current line-up includes one rooster and three Buff Orpington hens. While keeping a rooster does present some challenges, we are hoping to be rewarded with beautiful, fluffy chicks this summer! Our chickens enjoy free ranging in our back yard and get along great with our cat and dog.

3.  New on the Tour in 2010!  We have six hens and fine gardens. Our black Australorps, Buff Orpingtons, and brown/black Ameraucanas will be well brushed and have clean feet. We get 4 brown eggs and 2 pastel green eggs each day. Enjoy some lemonade and chicken artwork.

4.  New on the Tour in 2010!  Two years ago we heard about the Tour d’Coop and we went to investigate what type of crazy people had chickens in their downtown Raleigh back yards! Now we are proud to be counted among those people. We have six girls, about a year and a half old: two Buff Orpingtons, two Barred Rocks, one Rhode Island Red, and one Wyandotte. The hens are very friendly, at times ranging freely in the back yard. Their coop is an extension of the shed and its color matches our house. Neighbors often drop by to say hi to the girls.

Coops #5-#6, near the Ornamentea ticket site:

5.  The chickens scratch and peck while dogs rest in the yard, side by side. We started with two chickens, three years ago, and are now up to ten. We love our chickens and my eight-year-old son is our "chicken specialist". Living downtown, people are often surprised by the chickens roaming around in our yard, but that is what makes them happy, and the dogs protect the chickens from the hawks, so we are all happy.

6.  New on the Tour in 2010!  This open-air coop was designed to permit maximum ventilation and observation of the chickens. Situated in a child-friendly organic garden, the coop currently houses three birds but can accommodate up to six. The hens have access to a protected run during the day-time. An additional hen door allows the family to create temporary, unprotected runs around the garden as the seasons change.

Coops #7-#11, near the Seaboard ACE Hardware ticket site:

7.  New on the Tour in 2010!  Our chicken coop and pen are an integral part of an urban farm system. The chicken run is filled twelve inches deep with coarse wood chips, and has several large sections of old logs. This slowly decaying material generates a wealth of insects and worms, and the scratching and manure from the chickens accelerate the formation of rich compost. The pen is bordered by fast growing mulberry trees and muscadine grapes, which prevent excess nitrogen from leaching into the creek system and drop free food into the chicken pen. Compost from the chicken pen feeds our vegetables, and scraps and weeds from the garden feed the hens. A perfect system.

8.  Historic Oakwood’s small urban yards were once home to chickens, milk cows and even goats. Now backyard poultry have returned to the oldest residential neighborhood in Raleigh. We have six feather-footed bantam chickens (four Brahma’s and two Cochins) living within blocks of the NC Governor’s Mansion. After taking the first Tour in 2006, we built a chicken “tractor” and a coop ourselves (our first building projects ever). Then we built two large compost bins from scrap lumber to accommodate all the wonderful droppings. Come see these simple building projects that almost anyone can do.

9.  New on the Tour in 2010!  Inspired by Tour d’Coop 2008 and informed by Chicken Keeping 101, we knew we wanted to have chickens. We felt chickens would be a welcome addition to our small urban lot in Mordecai and incorporated great ideas gleaned from various coops. We even fashioned a homemade feeder that saves time and money. Now we have ten hens, seven different breeds, each with distinct personalities and a rainbow of egg colors: white, brown, and green! The coop is attached to our garden shed and next to a small frog pond. Using the deep litter method keeps the coop environment pleasant and we harvest incredible composted litter twice a year for our gardens.

10.  Come on down to meet our little flock! We have Midge and Roosti who are the cutest little bantams and Kathy with a ‘K’, Jerky Giant (aka Blackie). She’s a Jersey Giant hen. Buffy is our youngest and most consistent layer. Lacy is getting old but still tries very hard to make an egg every once in a while. They all love to roam the pine straw in search of tiny critters. Kathy always runs up the hill to greet us hoping we have a bowl of noodles for her.

11.  We have a diverse little flock - Dominiques, Easter Eggers, Rhode Island Reds, and Buff Orpingtons - who live in their safe, secure, and economical home. In return, they give us eggs, take care of our kitchen wastes, and provide lots of relaxing entertainment.

Coops #12-#15, near Dr. Andreaus' ticket site:

12.  Who knows what lurks behind the fences and hedges of Five Points? Bottle trees and urban chickens! Our back yard is the home (for two years now) of Rose-Combed Leghorns, a feisty little Easter Egger, and a couple of beautiful Brahmas. All are Bantams with names and have added eggs, fertilizer and entertainment to our lives. It makes us laugh to hear them greet the morning and with wine glass in hand, we watch the “going up into the coop” ritual several times a week. It’s great to have chickens in our world!

13.  New on the Tour in 2010!  Come visit the Elks Lodge for Wayward Hens. Loretta Hen, is the matriarch, a feather-footed Brahma bantam who traveled with us to/from Colorado in a small car with two dogs, one cat, and all our belongings needed for 6 months. We also have Belgian d'Anvers, small only in stature, these birds were once show chickens. Our Buff Orpingtons are our steady egg layers. The largest but also the sweetest hens of the bunch - they are our gentle giants. The flock loves the company of people, as much as oatmeal and banana treats, so please come visit.

14.  New on the Tour in 2010!  Bahama-Mamas! We wanted to give our four silver-laced Wyandottes a Caribbean home so we built our girls a simple blue "lean-to" with green trim around the window. The hardware cloth flooring allows the droppings to drop, allowing easy cleanup under the roost for composting. A side door provides access for relatively easy egg retrieval (depending on the mood of our girls). A window box adorns the outside with seasonal flowers. Lucy, Amy and Mabel have no complaints about the coop, but Clara complains about everything!

15.  We have made great use of what was an overgrown, unused narrow side yard and have four beautiful hens (three different breeds) in a large run nestled outside our master bath windows and between our house and our neighbors. A six foot tall privacy fence and hedges give our chickens privacy! Our girls are two years old now, a Barred Plymouth Rock, Dominique, and two Silver-laced Wyandottes. They provide fabulous eggs and great compost for our organic vegetable gardens and large perennial beds. Our girls are wonderful pets too; each with their own personalities: Ida, Gladys, Polly, and Della are named after strong Southern women in our ancestry.