When its time to choose a house for your chickens, you can build your own coop, buy one from one of Central Texas’ artisan coop builders, or find one online. Do-it-yourselfers should check out The Garden Coop Plans or Chicken Mobile Stagecoach for overall sound design and some excellent construction techniques.
More ideas can be found at Backyard Chickens Coop Designs site, and if you think a movable coop is right for you, look at the Chicken Tractors site. For the more ambitious and innovative builder, check out the Rammed Earth Coop, built by a parent whose child attends Austin Discovery School. This coop protects chickens from both the extreme Texas heat and the winter cold by using thick earthen walls and eco-friendly materials.
Get inspired to share with others all the benefits of backyard poultry with your own tour! Michelle Hernandez, Funky Chicken Coop Tour Founder and Event Director, authored How to Start Your Own Coop Tour . Twelve great tips for starting a chicken coop tour in your town are available in this article, using methods that worked so well for previous successful Tours in Austin.
Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance FARFA’s efforts to prevent unnecessary and expensive government regulation often benefit backyard poultry owners as well as small farms. Learn more about how government action can affect your ability to raise your small flock. Awareness of the issues is the first step toward effective action.