Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tour De’ Coop Tour with Kathy's Coop at Rocky Toad Road Iris Farm


My family went on the Tour De’ Coop in Raleigh, North Carolina for the first time this year. It was held on May 17 and showcased 26 chicken coops. We picked out the coops that intrigued us the most. We wanted to absorb as much information as possible since we are in the process of starting our own chick coop. Our own coop adventure begins this Saturday when we pick up a coop that was free on Craigslist!

The first tour we went on was Kathy's Coop at Rocky Toad Road Iris Farm. Their chicken coop in my opinion was very sophisticated. They had 11 chickens of several varieties. The chicken coop was created by recycling pallets. It has some nice added features.


The chicken coop was surround by screening to keep unwanted animals out. The ground was covered with wood chips.


The chicken coop had a nesting box designed for comfort. A wooden beam was installed in front of the nesting box to make it easily accessible.

chicken with cabbage

Who new that cabbage could be a toy? Well, for this chicken it clearly is!


Another neat feature is that the food is in a metal box and opens by stepping on it.


Fresh eggs are a sight to behold especially when you know the chicken are happy and healthy.


The chickens helped manage pests within the garden and consumed vegetable and fruit scraps around the exterior of the garden. These chickens were finishing off some cantaloupe.

chicks cantelope

Evan the baby chicks joined in.



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The main attraction for Kathy’s coop is 1000's of tall-bearded iris. They are full of beauty and color. Before moving on to the next chicken coop we took a look at the variety of colors. Surveying the flowers was a nice conclusion to our first chicken coop tour of the day.


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