Here is our 2012 Coop Lineup. We have a wide variety of selections, including chickens, ducks, goats, guineas, automatic chicken doors, architect-built coops, a certified wildlife habitat, an urban farm, an elementary school, and plenty more! Please see our descriptions below to help you plan your tour. You can purchase your 2012 Coop Tour map for $10 and share with other members of your touring party. The map is your “ticket' into the coops for you and members of your touring party. Each map includes a free raffle ticket entry for the multiple prizes, and additional raffle tickets can be purchased at the Information Center on Tour Day. A portion of proceeds past expenses will go to Green Corn Project.Get your tickets now or on the morning of the tour beginning at 9 a.m. at Buck Moore Feed and Supply. 1 Buck Moore Feed and Supply is Coop Tour Headquarters and the Information Center for the tour. A great place to meet-up with friends, get your ticket(s), and start your tour! Don't miss the “Getting Started with Chickens” 8:30 a.m. class on 4/7, presented by Cameron Molberg with Coyote Creek Farm.See Video… While supplies last, get limited edition 2012 Coop Tour merchandise, including a t-shirt, poster, magnet, and cap, with artwork designed by Andrea Feathers. Don't forget to enter the Tour raffle for a chance to win great prizes, including the grand prize of a complete chicken starter package with chickens, coop and more, sponsored by Mobile Chicken Coops. Visit some of our sponsor booths and vendor tents. Meet members of the Austin Backyard Poultry Meetup and the FCCT volunteers. They are all on hand to help you get started with your tour! 2 6 Chickens: Ameraucana, Black Australorp, Rhode Island Red, New Hampshire RedCoop: 4×8 raised wooden coop with metal & plastic roofThe lucky chickens living in this coop have a sun room and porch. For predator protection there is an automatic door which closes before dusk. Originally bought for fresh eggs, the owner soon realized what wonderful pets chickens made, and came to love their unique personalities.Also notice the tumbling compost bin made by the owner. 3 6 Chickens: Appenzeller Spitzhauben, Cuckoo Marans, Buff Orpington, Black Australorp, Naked Neck, AmeraucanaCoop: Plastic Playhouse Castle on top of wooden platform with 5×3 run spaceInspired by the 2010 Funky Chicken Coop Tour, the owners realized a coop didn’t have to be perfect or expensive, just secure: so they found a castle for their new chicks on Craigslist. They soon realized that chickens have great personalities and are super-efficient at bug control in the yard. One swift bird (Lightening) occasionally comes into the owner’s home to help out when a pesky bug is seen. 4 58 Chickens: Spangled Russian Orloff, Sicilian Buttercup, Buckeye, Spanish White Face, Egyptian Fayoumi, Dorking, Dominique, Andalusian, Naked Neck, Swedish Leghorn, plus various popular breeds 24 Ducks: Peking, Khaki Campbell, Golden 300, Magpie, Cayuga, Runner, Welsh Harlequin, Buff, Rouen, Canada Spotted Duck. Australian Wood DuckLots of GoatsCoop: 25×75 run fully covered with netting. Inside is a 4×8 nesting coop and various other structures for the critters to roost and get out of the weather. The fencing is a special wire from Canada which keeps predators from climbing.Chickens & ducks & goats, oh my! This urban working farm is a good example of how you can be in the city and still live a country life. The owner raised chickens as a child, and after expressing in interest in raising them again, her children surprised her with 23 birds as a Christmas present. That was four years ago. 5 12 Chickens: Ameraucana, Bantam Ameraucana, Turken, Bantam Turken, Silkie, Polish, Silkie/Polish, Silkie/Cochin2 Goats: Dwarf NigeriansCoop: Two levels with a 4×12 bottom & 4×4 second level. Built by the owner with reclaimed wood & materials.See Video…The artfully decorated coop is a combined home for the owner’s chickens and goats, with each having their own area. The animals are pets that provide eggs, milk and compost for the garden, while giving the owner a feeling of country life in the city. 6 11 Chickens: Barred Plymouth Rock, Ameraucana, Salmon FaverolleCoop: 20×30 including coop and run. Made with corrugated metal, wood, wire mesh, chicken wire, cinder blocksThe owners say:”All of us who are part of the project to develop an intentional community enjoy spending time with the chickens and having fun with them. They all have their own personalities and seeing how they interact is very interesting. Our coop is part of the grounds that include fruit trees, a vegetable garden and various flowering plants including roses. Our grounds may be of interest to others interested in community living. Our vision is to build a beautiful space that provides for the body and the spirit.” 7 10 Chickens: Egyptian Fayoumi, Bantam Silkie, Buff Orpington, White Leghorn, Rhode Island Red, AmeraucanaCoop: 4×4 cedar fencing coop with hardware cloth and a corrugated metal roof, connected to a 3×35 runSee Video…The owner purchased birds when her son became interested, and was of an age to take on some of the responsibilities that come with raising animals. Their yard is a Certified Wildlife Habitat, and the coop blends in well with the environment. In addition to chickens, the owner has ornamental and food gardens and practices organic and integrated pest management principals. 8 6 Chickens: Blue Andalusian, Hybrid Leghorn, Easter Egger, Black Australorp, Production RedCoop: 10x5x7 made from rough cedar and sun panelsSee Video…This tidy cedar wood coop looks more like a spa than a chicken coop. The owner says: “We raise chickens as a part of our effort to live a more simple, self-sufficient lifestyle. Plus, they are an endless source of entertainment! We compost their waste and try to integrate them into our garden. They are lousy gardeners but great bug exterminators.” 9 6 Chickens: Rhode Island Reds, Cuckoo Marans, Ameraucanas, Barred Plymouth RockCoop: 3x3x41/2’coop with 7/11/4’ run home made from free wood pallets with corrugated roof, chicken wire & hardware cloth. This coop also features a homemade automatic door & gravity fed feeder & waterer.Raising chickens is a fun hobby for these coop owners. The chickens are considered part of the family and all have names. They provide fresh eggs for eating and manure for the compost bin. 10 100+ Chickens: Leghorns, Buff Orpington, Red Sexlink, Speckled Sussex, Auracana, Black Australorp, Cochin, Delaware, Marans, Plymouth Rock, Minorca, Rhode Island Red, Wyandotte21 Ducks: Khaki Campbell, Indian Runner, Rouen, 3 wild Mallards that adopted the farmCoop: 8×20 wooden coop with various separated runsSee Video…This urban farm has a farmer’s market. The poultry assist the market with their egg production, and contribution of manure for compost. The ducks also provide pest control.New funky features at the farm are a chicken Palapa that provides shade and keeps their food dry. There is also a cross bar for hanging feeders so the containers stay off the ground & reduce food waste. A new automatic watering trough made from 8” PVC pipe, insures there will be fresh water available. Composting is done inside the run area so the chickens can aid in turning over the compost. 11 6 Chickens: Barred Plymouth Rocks, Gold Laced Wyandottes, WelsummersCoop: 6’x4’x7’ made with reclaimed/recycled pine fencing and hardware clothThe coop is decorated with natural materials and plants reflecting the owners’ artistic abilities. They were interested in sustainability prior to their move to Austin, and were impressed with how supportive and enthusiastic the chicken community was. Adding chickens to their ventures rounded out their sustainability efforts. The chickens provide joy and entertainment as well as beautiful fresh eggs. The owner wrote a song about one special chicken, and sings it to her every morning. 12 15 Chickens: Frizzle Bantam, Barnevelder, Silver-laced Wyandotte, Production Red, naked Neck, Red sexlink, Australorp, Ameraucana, Brown Leghorn, Dominique, Cuckoo Marans, MinorcaCoop: 10x6x8 coop made of plywood, pine boards, hardware cloth & corrugated roofing.See Video…This elementary school raises chickens as a unique addition to a unique school. The coop is integrated into the school’s curriculum, reinforcing themes learned in science, health, social studies, math & the neighboring Green Classroom Gardens. Communities in Schools works with students to teach skills needed for collecting & selling the eggs. Located next to the school playground, the coop is visited by school children every day, and is a popular destination for neighborhood walks. 13 5 Chickens: Ameraucana, White Leghorn Cross, Lt. Brahma, Australorp, Rhode Island RedCoop: 8×12 & 8×8 structures made with cattle panels attached to metal support posts, with a galvanized metal roofYou have to see this architect-built coop! Similar to the dog-trot designs of early Texas homes, the coop is in two sections. Connected by an overhead walkway, the birds can move from the coop section, where nests boxes are available, to a larger area with more roosts and room to move around. A 4’ wooden walkway goes underneath the overhead tunnel so the owner can access the back of the property. 14 7 Chickens: Buff Orpington, Ameraucana, Rhode Island Red, Barred Plymouth Rock, Barnvelder, Brahma, Blue Laced Red WyandotteCoop: 5x10x8 coop made of recycled materials & hardware cloth.See Video…This pretty little green coop is nestled beneath a large live oak tree giving the birds plenty of shade. The owner & granddaughter researched breeds together to select their birds, and the granddaughter helps with their care. The owner says:” I love my chickens. I don’t know why I waited so long to have them, and I would like to encourage others to share the love.” 15 5 Chickens: Barred Plymouth Rocks, Rhode Island Reds.Coop: 5’x7’ coop enclosed within 15’x40’ run. Made from recycled wood, corrugated metal and hardware cloth.The homeowners are avid gardeners, and their home was featured on the Central Texas Gardener TV show last year. The owners say “the hens are an extension of our vegetable garden. They provide manure for the compost, turn the compost, and provide us with eggs all year round. In exchange, they get first dibs at kitchen and garden scraps. To the extent that the hens are also our pets, they are super easy to care for and endlessly amusing.” 16 24 Chickens: Barnevelder, Ameraucana, Sexlink, Buff Orpington, Cochin, Speckled Sussex, Silver Laced Polish Bantam, Bantam Frizzle Rooster, Marans, Leghorns, Rhode Island RedThey also have Bunnies.Coop: 8×12 coop & 3 ½ x20 chicken tractor, both made with all reclaimed/recycled materials – wood frame, metal roof, stained glass windows. See Video…The coop and garden are part of Urban Patchwork Farms, a backyard food co-op where neighbors help raise and harvest eggs and veggies grown in the neighborhood, and then share with other neighbors who are doing the same. The yard is full of other gardening interests: a bathtub compost tea maker, a log disk patio, and at the time of the tour is expected to have a rainwater collection fish pond to fertilize and water the veggie gardens.