Fourth Annual Chicken Coop Tour

Saturday, December 3 at 10 am (PT)

You’re in cluck! It’s once again time for the Food Conspiracy’s most popular event – the annual Chicken Coop Tour.

Our self-guided tour is a great way to gather information before bringing home a brood. See a wide variety of creative coop styles and sizes. Talk to backyard chicken keepers. Learn about raising chicks.

Fourth Annual Chicken Coop Tour
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, December 3
Cost: $5
More online: FoodConspiracy.coop

The Food Conspiracy launched Tucson’s first urban chicken coop tour in May 2009. The event is designed to introduce people to the joys (and challenges) of urban chicken keeping. We hope it will inform people about chicken rearing and encourage folks to raise their own chickens in order to have a regular supply of local, fresh, humanely-raised chicken eggs.

People who are interested in taking the tour can buy tickets starting on Nov. 1. Tickets will be available up until the day of the tour, while supplies last.

Virtually every major American city now boasts at least one annual chicken coop tour, including Raleigh, Atlanta and Spokane. Urban chicken coops have become trendy enough in Chicago to allow Jennifer Murtoff to make a living as an urban chicken consultant.

How it works
Once a person has purchased a ticket, they will be added to a list of tour participants. One week before the tour, all participants will receive an email with a downloadable packet that includes a map to all participating coops and descriptions/pictures of each coop. For anyone without email, a hard copy of the packet can be held for pickup at the co-op.

On the day of the tour, anyone with a ticket can visit any coops they choose to visit anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. There is no set route. Participants can start at any coop. They do not need to visit every coop, and can spend as little or as much time at each coop as they want to.

At each participating coop there will be at least one person available throughout the tour to answer questions about their chickens and coops. Many of the coop owners also have other home sustainability features like cisterns, desert gardens, rainwater harvesting basins and solar ovens, and they’ll be happy to talk about them, too.

All money raised from ticket sales will be donated to the Watershed Management Group’s co-op to offer subsidies for installing backyard chicken coops.

Tickets are $5 and are available at the Food Conspiracy Co-op.

Coley Ward | Marketing + Membership Manager | Food Conspiracy Co-op | (520) 624-4821