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Sixth Annual Chicken Coop Tour

December 7, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


If you haven’t started your own brood, this year’s chicken coop tour is a great place to start. This self-guided tour is designed to educate, encourage and inform people about the joys and challenges of chicken rearing.

Ever wondered how best to feed hens nutritious food and keep them cool over long summer months? How do you raise chicks? What do you do when your hens are egg-bound? This is your chance to learn from experienced chicken keepers and have fun too.

There are several exciting new coops on this year’s tour, including one at the home of Lisa and Catlow Shipek, who are the executive director and senior project manager and the Watershed Management Group, which recently oversaw the installation of the co-op’s new rainwater harvesting system.

People who take the  Chicken Coop Tour can also stop and see the new coop at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Michael Conklin, the Director of Horticulture at the Botanical Gardens, says the organization’s coop is currently under construction, but that it will be ready in time for the tour.

Finally, there is a coop at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and there are four schools on the tour: Manzo Elementary, Davis Bilingual Elementary and Roskruge Bilingual K-8.

This year, like last year, the tour has a co-sponsor, Zenhens, a Tucson-based cooperative that shares many of the co-op’s values. Zenhens’ goal is to deliver a consistent source of local, fresh, organically raised chicken eggs and organic produce.

How it works

Step 1. Purchase your tickets online or at the Food Conspiracy Co-op. Tickets are $5. We’ll add you to a list of participants.

Step 2. We’ll email you an information packet that includes a map all participating coops, as well as a description of each coop, its breeds and other features.  Participants who prefer can pick up their information packet at the store.

Step 3. On Saturday, December 7, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., ticket holders may visit as many of the chicken coops on the tour as they wish.

At each participating coop there will be at least one person available to answer questions about their chickens. Many of the tour stops have other sustainability features like rainwater harvesting, greywater systems, desert gardens and solar ovens. Feel free to ask about these as well!

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December 7, 2013
10:00 am - 3:00 pm