This weekend was the first annual Belmont Chicken Coop Tour! So we took our dorky chicken-loving fannies around to have a look-see at some of our neighbors' backyard chickens. It was great to see firsthand the variety of people interested in keeping chickens. We came across families and grandparent-types all who shared their experience and knowledge with us. Thanks to them!
We saw different setups each had from the small portable coop to luxurious chicken condo coops. And there were plenty of variety in chickens to see as well. Silkie Chickens are quite a sight.
Here are some photos Alyssanne took along the tour:
This man converted a bike shed into a coop off of his garage and added a run.
|This man built a portable coop to move around his garden.|
The moveable coop is probably what we would build, since we are renters. This man lives about 1 minute down the road from us. His yard is about the size of ours (tiny). In addition to 5 chickens, he has a beautiful garden and 2 bee boxes!
It was especially fun to meet some people with similar interests and chat them up about their hobbies. One thing we found surprising was that most of the 8 houses we visited had only been keeping chickens for about a year and a half or so. Also encouraging, some of the most knowledgeable people we spoke with were kids!
Here are a few of the most popular breeds...
|White Cornish Rock|
|Buff Orpington and Americauna|
|Silkie... funny little chickens|
|how would you like to have these fresh every morning?|
The next step in this adventure of ours is to figure out the logistics of coop-building. In the meantime, I've added this book to our ever-expanding self-sustainability library.
So tell us, friends. Are we crazy or what? Would you ever keep chickens? What breed should we get? What should we name them? Do you want to help us build a coop?
*All Cooped Up was the name of the tour. So don't blame us for that cheesiness.