Tour de Coops 2012: Be There or Be… Somewhere Else

UPDATE: Due to our crazy summer of chicken deaths and chicken illnesses, we decided we couldn’t be a show coop on this year’s Tour de Coops. We were sad to not be able to do it, but the possibility of anyone else getting our chickens’ respiratory illness pushed us over the edge. However, we’ll still be attending, and you should, too!  

It’s really happening, people! We became the first official “show coop” for the 2012 Tour de Coops in Indianapolis, organized by Nap Town Chickens! I am over the moon.

The Tour de Coops is a self-guided, bicycling-encouraged tour of various chicken coops in Indianapolis neighborhoods. Last year’s event was the first ever in town, and over 500 people joined the tour. This year’s event will be held in neighborhoods surrounding ours, so it seemed like a good fit. Plus, as new chicken owners, we have learned a LOT already, and I’m really looking forward to talking to others about all our high points and low points (HELLO, chickens almost getting eaten by a hawk).

This year, the Tour de Coops will take place on September 16 from 1-6 pm and will feature the Broad Ripple, Meridian-Kessler, Butler-Tarkington, and Rocky Ripple neighborhoods. Indianapolis and other area friends, come on out!

Speaking of chickens, they are doing quite well. We have created a “chicken exclusion zone” in the back half of the yard, because chickens do, indeed, poop a lot. Anytime I work in the garden or come out of the house, they come running for the fence. I take it as a sign that they like me – in their weird, chickeny way.

20120519. The point at which the chickens realized I was INSIDE and they were OUTSIDE.


4 thoughts on “Tour de Coops 2012: Be There or Be… Somewhere Else

  1. Very cool!
    I’ve never heard of a chicken coop tour before.
    Once I’ve started my little flock of chickens, maybe I can inspire someone to do the same around here…

    • The first one ever in Indianapolis was last year, but I’ve heard of them in Seattle and Madison. I think you should do it!

  2. I’m so disappointed. The Internet messages on this were unclear. There were several of us (at least 4 different families we talked to) In the parking lot at 2 pm trying to locate this event. Evidently we all saw the 2011 post.

    • I’m sorry if our post caused any confusion! When we posted this entry back in June, we linked to the best page that was available at the time. When we learned about a more recent page on the Nap Town Chickens site, we updated this post immediately.

      This blog is a hobby of ours that we do in our spare time. We do everything we can to keep it updated, but the nature of our blog is that entries are often snapshots in time.

      I would recommend you follow Nap Town Chickens on Facebook or through their main website ( for official information. They do a lot of great workshops throughout the year. Again, so sorry for your disappointment.

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