Funky Chicken Coop Tour gears up for 10th annual tour

Backyard chickens have been around for longer than we’ve had the notion of a “backyard,” but Austin’s Funky Chicken Coop Tour is turning 10 this year.

I had backyard chickens for a while, but they weren’t a coop that was worth showing off on Austin’s Funky Chicken Coop tour in April. If you have your own funky coop, you have until Feb. 17 to apply to be part of the event, now in its 10th year. Addie Broyles/American-Statesman

That’s a decade of celebrating the modern resurgence of keeping chickens for eggs, meat or quirky company. The tour isn’t taking place until April 21, when people will be flocking to coops all over the Austin area from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but in the meantime, this is the time to apply to be part of the tour if you have your own funky coop to show off.

Austin’s Funky Chicken Coop Tour turns 10 this year. Contributed by Helen Ingham

Specifically, organizers are looking to add chicken owners who have a unique or special way of integrating their coop and poultry into a system that minimizes waste and increases efficiency.  They are also interested in coops that show off other green features, such as gardens, rainwater collection, solar energy, aquaponics, xeriscaping, and/or raising other food-producing animals. You have to be compliant with city codes and ordinances. Here is the link to the application: forms.austincooptour.org

The deadline to submit the application is Feb. 17, and mark your calendar for the self-guided tour on April 21. Tickets cost $10 if you buy them now; $12 if you wait until the day of the event.

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