I have a secret obsession. I love chickens And their lovely coops.
My namesake lived on a rural farm in NC and raised chickens who produced the prettiest bluish green eggs which I loved as a child. Maybe it's something in the DNA or maybe it's the utter enjoyment of farm fresh eggs from factory knockoffs but I am a convert.
Chicken coops are now popping up everywhere in Brooklyn backyards to suburban cul de sacs. Here's a list of a few happening around the USA. Hope one is near you:
Tour d'Coop in my hometown, Raleigh-May 15, 2010
Backyard Chicken Coop Bicycle Tour , Alameda (San Francisco) near their great flea market!!-May 16, 2010
City Chickens Coop, Tuscan-May 23, 2010
Slow Foods Coop Tour, Spokane-June 6, 2010
Tour de Coops, Salt Lake City-June 27, 2010
Tour de Coops, Portland- July 24, 2010
City Chickens Coop Tour, Seattle-July (Date TBA), 2010
Funky Chicken Coop Tour, Austin - This just passed but earmark it for next year. I have found that whatever Texans do, they do it fully. April 3, 2010
Chicks in the City Tour, Atlanta-April 25, 2010 Ditto for Georgians. Expect big hair & big coops on this tour.
Here are 2 coops designs that I love.
From Chicken Cribs, love the fun colors and modern design but it doesn't feel too modern. $439 and up.
From Handcrafted Coops, this is a cool space efficient coop made from sustainable materials. $499 and up.
For NYC dwellers, check out the City Chicken Meetup Group for helpful info & commandry.