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Needed ASAP – volunteers for 2017 coop tour


We need your help for the Windy City 2017 coop tour! It’s only one month away, and the coordinator Martha Boyd of Angelic Organics Learning Center has put out a desperate email, calling for “5-10 really motivated people” to volunteer ASAP. If she can’t muster the necessary support, she’ll be forced to pull the plug.

If you can help, email Martha today. 

This year’s concept was to extend the Tour as a showcase of the variety of Eco-Yard systems and activities that many of folks demonstrate over and above backyard chickens — Eco-Yards can include hosts who don’t have backyard livestock but can share lots of other interesting examples of green/sustainable yards and homes.
SO — We hope that the notion of a bigger, more expansive Tour in 2018 can tide folks over if no Coop Tour this Sept.

 

 

 

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Coop Ideas


Thinking about building a coop? Here are some great ideas with instructions! I love the Hobbit Hole coop.

Coop-building Class: May 7 at 7 PM, Oak Park Conservatory


If you’re getting chicks, this is the class you’ll need to learn about building a safe and comfortable home for them! In this class, you’ll learn about the basic needs of adult chickens (they’re not fussy, really, but there are some things you need to know!). Find out the essential components of a coop, things to avoid when choosing construction materials, important construction tips, and see different coop styles.

Date: May 7
Place: Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield Street, Oak Park, IL 60304
Time: 7 PM to 9 PM

 For more information, contact the Oak Park Conservatory.

Photo courtesy of Kathleen Gardiner

Automated Coop Door Design


Here is an automated coop door design from a family in the UK that rescue battery-cage hens.

Enjoy!

The Pico-Farm: Rain Barrel, Green Roof, and Coop


A cute three-in-one, eco-friendly coop, the “Pico-Farm” by Southern-Fried Scientist is a chicken coop with a rain barrel to collect water that is used to grow lettuce on the roof. Check out this fun coop! If you’re building a coop, note this important observation: “I originally installed chicken wire, but discovered that foxes and raccoons can shred chicken wire like string cheese, so pulled it all out and replaced it with 1/2 inch hardware cloth.”