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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.