The Funky Chicken Coop Tour®, founded in 2009, is an annual self guided tour held each spring on Easter weekend in Austin, Texas, by the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization the Urban Poultry Association of Texas, Inc. The purpose of this tour is to encourage city residents to raise chickens at home by demonstrating the many ways that chicken (and other poultry) housing can be incorporated into urban residence without violating city ordinances or creating a nuisance. Many tour hosts demonstrate how to incorporate chickens and their manure into a household gardening and composting regimen that results in inexpensive, healthy and sustainable food, even in relatively small spaces.
The Funky Chicken Coop Tour®, is staffed entirely by volunteers, and 2017 marks the ninth year that Michelle Hernandez has organized the team that will make the tour a reality. Austin’s ninth annual Funky Chicken Coop Tour will take place on April 15, 2017.