|She's a classy classic --- Rhode Island Red|
A total of eight homeowners opened their backyards for the tour and were excited to share their chickeny passion. Most of them had built their own chicken coops and chicken runs, many choosing to repurpose materials, including this headed-for-the-dump armoire:
|the rectangular door in the back slides open for access to the enclosed run area during the day|
|Who needs a feather boa when you can have feathered feet?|
With a couple of exceptions, egg production to supplement the family food cupboard was the goal, not sales.
|these "Easter eggs" are from Amerucanas|
My favorite chicken abode was this one; an all-in-one, covered and enclosed unit for coop and run. It's nicely finished — not too big, and not too small:
It features easy access to the nesting boxes, and a large back door for airing the coop and cleaning.
All of the chicken owners that I visited understand the connection between chickens and gardens; they're actively raising veggies and putting their chicken waste to good use as part of their compost/soil improvement regime.
|Isn't this Barnevelder a beauty?|
I was surprised to hear most of the tour participants say that they consider their chickens to be low maintenance and easier to care for than they'd anticipated. But I suppose if one is chasing around after young children all day, taking care of a few birds would be a piece of cake!
Thanks, again, to all the chicken wranglers who welcomed us to their coops, and Wheat Ridge 2020/Live Local for their sponsorship.