Austin, Texas Funky Chicken Coop Tour

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by allen wranch, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Austex Poultry is having their first annual Funky Chicken Coop Tour on April 11, 2009.

    In addition to coops from Austex Poultry members, we are inviting Austin members from BYC to participate in the tour.

    If you live in Austin, Tx and would like to show off your coop, check out the Funky Chicken Coop Tour web page for information and an application.

    Your coop does not have to be a palace to be on the tour. We want a variety of coops to show what you can do for your chickens. The coops can be fancy, functional and/or free.
     
  2. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    Sounds like fun![​IMG]
    Wish I lived closer.
     
  3. vermontgal

    vermontgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    That is VERY fun. I have been wondering how to get a community of people together who have chickens in Montpelier. I know of about 6-8 households with chickens, and a lot of people who are "chicken-curious". A coop tour would be a great idea. If I get bored over the winter, maybe I'll see if I can figure out a way to get us all connected.
     
  4. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    No response from our Austin members yet.

    Would love for you to participate.
     
  5. cyanne

    cyanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do we have to be directly IN Austin to participate?

    We just moved to Cedar Creek...we're off of Hwy 71 between Austin and Bastrop.

    I currently have the chickens in a 12ft by 20ft building/shed that was already on the new property when we moved in. Right now they are just all stuffed in there, but we are doing the first part of the run this weekend. For now we are just putting up the sides and throwing avian netting over the top, but before next summer we're going to put up a metal roof and secure the whole run so that the chickens don't have to be locked in every night.

    I'm planning to 'steal' some ideas from your coop, Carla, and separate the inside of the building into 4 areas. There will be a long walkway down the side as the 'people area' where I can store food and supplies and walk along to collect eggs. The rest will be divided up into 3 coops, one 4ft by 8ft for my bantams and two 8 ft by 8 ft areas for the standard layers. The run outside will be divided up accordingly as well so each group has their own space.

    I'm really excited about the new coop and can't wait until it has done! I've dreamed of doing this set-up ever since I saw Carla's coops at Chickenstock 2008.[​IMG]
     
  6. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Thanks, I am glad you liked my coop.

    We are trying to keep the tour within Austin because of milage, time and gas, but we may expand later.
     
  7. cyanne

    cyanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just let me know! I should have the new set-up complete by then and I'd be happy to have people come take a look!

    And of course I LOVED your coops! I like that there is a designated people area so you can come in out of the weather to collect eggs and not have to worry about stepping in chicken poo!

    Also, I store my feed, scratch, and oyster shell in these rolling bins with airtight lids, but right now the chickens think they are a great place to roost and poo on. YUCK! [​IMG]

    Once the coop is done I can store those in the people area where the chickens can't get to them but still have them close enough to make feeding easy! Yay!

    The shed also has one of those tall, barn-style roofs, so I am going to put a ceiling over the coop section so I can store supplies up there above my coops.
     
  8. blackred

    blackred Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:HA! Pretty strange words from a girl who lives in San Marcos!..............

    Anyway, I wonder just how many coops there are inside the city limits? I got in trouble in 1973 when I had chickens over on Avenue H while I tried to go to UT. Of course it could have been the goat they were really complaining about.

    Bob
     
  9. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Bob,
    My coops will not be on the tour. I belong to Austex Poultry Yahoo Group and just wanted to help out.

    (I bet it was the goat !)

    I heard from a few people that now you can only have four hens in town, but no rooster. However, that is not what the city ordinance says. The coop needs to 50 feet away from the property line, kept clean and abide by the "noise" ordinance.
     
  10. blackred

    blackred Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Carla
    I knew what the situation was, I was just giving you a hard time.
    By the way it was the 50 foot rule they got me on. My neighbors actually loved the goat, they would borrow him for weed control.

    I was working on a job over on 13th street for a while a few years ago and every morning I would hear a rooster crow and thought - who in this area ( Clarksville ) would possibly have chickens?

    There were some feral games running around in Westlake for a while, I added some hens to the group. In the same area there are feral peacocks and have been for years. The owner of the house we were building is planning on building a chicken coop. I am sure it will be in the $100-$150 a square foot range.

    I have noticed on Craigslist that there are people in the Tarrytown area that have laying hens that sell eggs from time to time.

    Remember the story here while back about the feral games in East Austin and how they were trapped and removed because of some disgruntled people.
    Also there were the feral birds in Round Rock that they tried to trap and basically couldn't. That was an amusing story, we all rooted for the birds

    True Urban poultry is targeted by a lot of cities nationwide now and Austin should feel fortunate that they are still able to have them, with or with out the rules.

    Bo
     

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