A Chicken-Loving Town

March 25, 2010 | By | Comments (4)

One more reason to love Portland: It has a chicken tour!

Every summer, chicken-owners in Portland open up their yards to the public. It’s called Tour de Coops and happens in July. Even more amazing, it’s been going on for SEVEN YEARS.

If you go, you can enter to win one of two handsome little coops–“made by local coop designers.” What kind of city would have plural coop designers? Portland!

Here’s one of them.

“The Garden Ark,” by John Carr

Notice the little wheels at the back–this baby is for steering your chickens into that bug-infested spot in your garden. As they peck happily away at the pests, they contribute fertilizer to their little patch. Win-win.

You can build the Ark yourself with plans from John Carr’s website—for about $20.



  1. Ellen

    For Bay Area and Central Valley folks there is a new coop tour in Davis, CA. On May 22, nineteen (I think) backyard coops will be part of a tour to benefit Davis Farm to School Connection. This event “Tour de Cluck” is also a bike led tour (of course you don’t have to ride bikes) which will begin at the Davis Farmers’ Market with local food, a silent auction of small poultry themed art, and even a chance to competively “bawk” like a chicken.

    Davis Farm to School Connection is a nonprofit supporting school gardens, farm field trips, and getting as much fresh, local produce into school lunches as possible — great group.
    Super fun!

    April 10, 2010 at 12:55 pm
  2. Margo True

    Jess, thanks for the clarification. Naturally there’s a bit more involved than plunking down a twenty-spot…including the requisite skills! Still, it seems like a great price for a good design.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:06 am
  3. Matti

    Awesome design. We are still trying to sort out how the chicken laws work in SF. I think you can have them…but not within 20ft of a structure containing people. Hum…hard thing in SF. Matti

    March 25, 2010 at 3:24 pm
  4. jess

    Actually, you can buy the PLANS for $19.99. We all know chickens can’t live in coop plans, so you have to actually build it. The designer says that materials cost him ~$250. That’s quite a difference. You can’t even buy that much hardware cloth for $20.

    March 25, 2010 at 6:40 am

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