By Laurel Miller
I’ll be the first to admit that my idea of a Rocky Mountain high is a little…different. I totally geek out on goats and my heart races at the sight of a Booted Bantam chicken.
Since I live in crunchy, locavore-centric Boulder, I’m in a region of kindred spirits: keepers of backyard birds and bees, and cultivators of the soil. What better place for actual and would-be micro-farmers like myself to hobnob than at Denver Urban Homesteading’s monthly chicken swap.
It’s less an “exchange,” than a Poultrypalooza of purchasable domestic and farmed game birds. There are classes on basic birdkeeping, and you can buy feed and equipment. For a small fee ***vegetarians, look away***they’ll even “recycle” retired laying hens for you.
If you’re in need of even more avian awesomeness, you’ll be wanting DUH’s 2013 Chicken Coop Tour calendar, available from their Web site.