Windy City Coop Tour 2012

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CITY FOLKS FLOCK TO SEE BACKYARD BIRDS

Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts Present the 3rd Annual Windy City Coop Tour

Chicago, IL – On Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23, Chicagoland chicken-keepers will again open their yards to visitors during the 3rd Annual Windy City Coop Tour, sharing their enthusiasm for raising chickens in the city.  Visitors can tour any or all of nearly 20 coop locations during this free, self-guided event, which starts at 10AM and ends at 2PM each day.

Keeping backyard chickens is legal in Chicago and some surrounding suburbs, including Evanston and Oak Park. In recent years, more area residents are raising chickens at home, often integrated with backyard gardens, compost systems, beehives, and other elements of urban food production.

Visitors on the Windy City Coop Tour meet chickens and their people, and learn how city dwellers are incorporating chickens and more into their yards and lifestyles. Visitors can ask Tour hosts about coops, feed, breeds, costs, and their experiences raising healthy chickens in the city and suburbs.

Since 2007, Tour organizer Linda Nellett has raised chickens in her backyard for their eggs and contributions to fertilizing her garden.  She believes educating chicken keepers is essential to keeping birds healthy and neighbors (and city government) happy.

“You can learn a lot from books and websites, but to get grounded in tending urban gardens and livestock, you really need to see and practice.  The Tour is a great way for people to see several examples and get connected to the network of backyard chicken keepers in Chicago.”

More information, including maps of coop locations and descriptions, is on the Windy City Coop Tour page on the Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts website

The Windy City Coop Tour is organized by the Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts, a forum for people in and around Chicago who keep, or are interested in keeping, backyard chickens.  Tour sponsors include Angelic Organics Learning Center , Home to Roost urban chicken consulting and Backyard Chicken Run home delivery service.

The above press release from Chicago Chicken Enthusiasts is also published on the web as Windy City Coop Tour 2012  and on their website

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