The Funky Chicken Coop Tour!

Blanched Salad

Hello and happy belated Easter.  I hope you had a good holiday. I had a great time, going to my friend Joy's family Easter celebration.  She has a big family so there was a nice crowd.  I took the Broccoli Crunch Salad and it was a hit.  The day was overcast and windy.  Not a very nice Easter day but….a perfect day to fly a kite! 

They had a bunch of kites and I got to fly the Teenage Mutant Ninga Turtle. I had not flown a kite since I was about 4 years old.  What fun!  On Saturday I went to the Funky Chicken Coop tour.  It started at a comunity garden with a talk about getting started with backyard chickens.  Sadly, it was about 50 degrees, windy, gray and cold.  I was miserable.  The garden is such a great idea.  For a small fee, you get to "rent" garden space for a year.  The plot is yours to grow whatever you like. The only requirement is you use it and take care of it.  What a great idea for anyone who doesn't have a space to have a garden.  There were tons of poppies in bloom that were beautiful Here are some photos of the garden.  And, no the bird feeder picture is not in black and white.  It was that gray of a day! 

Once you bought a ticket, there were 10 backyard chicken coops open for visiting. They were spread all over Austin so I only went to 4.  The navigation system in the car was perfect…enter the address and away you go, no maps needed!  The first coop was actually at the community garden. 

These pictures are the next three coops.  You will see they are pretty different.  One had some baby chicks under a heat lamp!  Most displayed sample eggs since the colors are so fun.  

The coop below was my favorite. They had quite a small yard that had a little house/artist studio in the back that left some empty but small space between the house and the fence. They built a custom coop with sliding doors.  The girls can go behind the studio into a fenced off little yard.  So cute and such great use of space. Their mailbox is even decorated to announce the chickens! 

It was a really fun day.  I would love to have some chickens.  I will never eat a chicken again but I enjoy eggs from time to time. If you care about the quality of your food and the environment, you probably already know that factory farmed eggs are terrible.  The chickens suffer and the eggs are pretty devoid of nutrients from the poor feed, lack of space and fresh air, and the overall poor conditions the chickens are raised in. Finding a source of good quality eggs is key.  Most farmers markets sell them, and the grocery stores are carrying more varieties.  You have to be careful because most of the terms on labels are not regulated and mean very little. Here is a good source  to learn what the labels mean.  Once you read about the conditions chickens are raised in and you might think twice about getting them from the farmers market or investing in a small backyard flock.  One day I hope to have a little flock of my own!   Thanks for sharing the Funky Chicken Coop Tour with me!