2010 Tour de Coops in review

Growing Gardens’ annual Tour de Coops happened again this year on the weekend of July 24. As in past years, it went off with out a hitch and was enjoyed by both tour goers and the coop hosts themselves. Below is what a couple of the coop hosts had to say about the event.

Coop Host Vanessa Renwick

It was a hot day, a “panting chicken” day, but the Tour De Coop was a blast. Hundreds of people came by my yard and everyone was in the best mood, filled with chicken love, and love for unusual chicken coops. There was a mix of people who knew nothing about chickens, and people who were way into chickens. I heard the phrase” I love my chickens” more than a few times. I mistakenly thought most of the people on the tour would be people looking for designs to copy for building a coop, but a lot of people just plain love chickens I think! One of my chickens was broody and made a lot of funny noises as people opened the “Henitentiary coop” to see the inside. She probably was a bit confused by all of the attention.

Coop Host Ingrid Parmeter

So there I was, bright and early, pleased with how things looked and imagining a really relaxing day chatting with a few people about chickens and visiting with my friends.   Within fifteen minutes of the start time for the tour, my yard looked like this:

We were a super popular stop on the tour.  We projected that about 100-150 people came through our yard!  It was fun answering questions and chatting with people.  The tour-goers were some of the nicest folks ever conglomerated in one place.  They also had a lot of questions.  Top ones I remember were:

  1. How many chickens do you have?
  2. What breed is that one there?
  3. What about that one there?
  4. Have you had any problems with predators?

Question 2 and 3 made me realize that you should not do this tour if you don’t know exactly what your chickens are.  I only have one mystery chicken, but without fail, everyone wanted to know what she was.  After a while, I just made it up.  (“She’s a marans-australorpe cross.”) I was a little worried about what my husband was doing when faced with this question.  As much as he loves the chickens, he doesn’t really know what breeds they are.  If he doesn’t know what a chicken is, he calls it a barred rock.  That means we have 7 barred rocks.

Tour de Coops 2010 è finita!

A special thanks to all the coop hosts who helped make the 2010 Tour de Coops a success!

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