Chickens in the City: Austin's 3rd Annual Funky Chicken Coop Tour
Austin, TX October 1, 2010 – On Saturday, April 23, 2011, Austin-area poultry keepers will open their backyards to the public for the third year in a row, to show off their chickens and their urban coops. After such a huge turnout for the 2010 tour, with at least 1500 visitors, we knew we'd be having a great time with this year's tour! Chickens and other backyard livestock are growing in popularity. Besides being easy-to-care-for pets, chickens provide insect control, supply delicious fresh eggs, and help create better yards and gardens. Most chicken owners report that it's just plain fun to have them around.
Visitors to the tour sites will see how scavenged materials can be transformed into a low-cost coop or how a fashionable coop can enhance a landscape. The tour hosts will be on hand to share their experiences with chicken care, coop design, maintaining harmony among the chickens, people and other pets, and more. If you are thinking about keeping chickens in your own backyard, you'll get some great ideas. Chicken coops often integrate into larger projects, such as organic gardens, sustainability and permaculture efforts, and school activities.
All attendees are eligible to enter a free drawing to win a brand new chicken coop from our sponsor, Mobile Chicken Coops! The lucky winner of the drawing will receive their choice of either a mobile chicken coop, that houses 4-8 chickens, or a stationary coop for 4-5 chickens. Josh Hudgins of Mobile Chicken Coops will donate the coop. To be eligible to win, stop by our Information Center on the day of the tour, located at Buck Moore Feed and Pet Supply at 5237 North Lamar Blvd. The drawing will be held shortly after 4:00 pm, following the end of the tour.
2011 will mark the first time for us to offer a commemorative poster. Artist Joe Wirthiem, of Victory Garden of Tomorrow, is creating unique artwork for the tour. Wirthiem is an artist advocate who is using his art to promote civic innovation and social progress through better food, better gardens, and better cities. These posters will be available through his website Victory Garden of Tomorrow.
Urban chicken-keeping continues to be a growing trend and The Funky Chicken Coop Tour will include coops all over the Austin area. We're hoping to have more people than ever interested in checking out what Austin poultry people are doing to keep their birds housed and happy. Maps to the coop locations can be downloaded closer to the tour date from our website at http://fccooptour.blogspot.com. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Printed copies of the map will be available in limited quantities at select locations, also listed on the website. So, make some time on Easter weekend to check out this free event. The free, self-guided tour will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., rain or shine.
If you are interested in volunteering or being a sponsor for the tour, visit our website and complete your application today! Help support urban sustainability. All proceeds from the tour benefit the Sustainable Food Center. Thank you for supporting the Austin Funky Chicken Coop Tour!
TIME AND DATE: April 23, 2011 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Free
RESOURCES: See our website for chicken coop tours in other cities and other urban poultry resources.
The Austin Funky Chicken Coop Tour is held in partnership with Sustainable Food Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution as a sponsor is a tax-deductible donation. Proceeds from the event will benefit Sustainable Food Center (www.sustainablefoodcenter.org).
Thank You For Supporting The Austin Funky Chicken Coop Tour!!!