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general websites/blogs

Chicken Resources On The Web - An excellent place for any small-flock chickenkeeper to start. Author John Henderson has curated list of quality links to forums, hatcheries, breed info, and resources for chicken health, care, and processing. Check out his links to several early 20th century books on chickenkeeping.

Northwest Edible Life - Chef and (excellent) gardening writer Erica Strauss covers everything from gardening, chicken keeping, and cooking to parenting and making an honest living. One of our favorite blogs. - This archived blog about urban chicken farming covers a whole range of topics, from choosing your chicks to changing your local ordinances. - Nice, comprehensive site on raising chickens in the city, suburbs, and country, including an image gallery for coop ideas. - Comprehensive site with very active forum, directory, and links dealing with keeping chickens in Australia and New Zealand. - Pollan is one of the most articulate writers on the subject of food and food quality today. All of his books (including a recent one about the science of psychedelics) are linked from his site.

Small Scale Poultry Housing - This fact sheet from the Virginia Cooperative Extension is a concise summary of what to consider when building a coop.

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community websites

Growing Gardens (Portland, OR) - This organization supports low-income households with gardening resources, offers afterschool garden clubs, sponsors workshops and work parties, and teaches gardeners all about growing, preparing, and preserving healthful food. The link takes you to the chicken resources area of their site. (Seattle, WA) - This nationally recognized non-profit organization works to cultivate a sustainable community in Seattle and the Puget Sound region, one garden (and chicken coop) at a time. The link takes you to a great collection of local chicken info.

Pioneer Valley Backyard Chicken Association (Western Massachusetts) - This community group features chicken workshops and consultations, an annual coop tour, a chicken-sitter list, and more to help chicken keepers in the area. (New York, NY) - This organization has been working since 1994 to build a stronger regional food system in the New York City area. (Their site is undergoing a redo. Not sure if thier chicken resources page will emerge on the other side of it.)


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local chicken feed and supplies

Naomi's Organic Farm Supply (Portland, OR) - Naomi and Neil run an amazing farm/garden supply shop with everything you need for your chickens, goats, pets, soil, and garden — plus books, workshops, and great advice.

Birds & Bees Nursery (Portland, OR) - Feed and supplies for chickens, wild birds, and bees plus an edible plant nursery, cards and gifts, and more.

Biofuel Oasis (Berkeley, CA) - This biodiesel station and urban farm store is a Bay Area hub for everything chicken keeping, beekeeping, fermenting, and of course, biodiesel.

City Folk's Farm Shop (Columbus, OH) - Supplies for urban gardening, animal rearing, and homesteading in Central Ohio, plus workshops and other community resources.


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chicken selection and care

Henderson's Handy-Dandy Chicken Chart - An alphabetical list of dozens of chicken breeds, comparing size, egg color, personality, and special requirements. - Offers everything you need to get started — baby chicks, accessories, books, coop plans, gifts, etc. They also have a very informative section on chicken care.

Robert Höck's Happy Huhn Video Series - I'd been following Robert on Instagram for some time when a customer told me about his YouTube video series. His videography of the chicken breeds of the world is breathtaking. Videos are narrated in Robert's lovely Austrian German, though you can also turn on translated subtitles.

Pickin' Chicken Breed Selector App by Mother Earth News - This chicken breed selector app for iOS was developed by true chicken enthusiasts to help you find the perfect chicken breed for your situation.


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Backyard Poultry Magazine - Dedicated to increasing and improving small-flock poultry. Each issue contains informative articles on breed selection, housing, management, health and nutrition, rare and historic breeds, news and views, plus other topics of interest to promote the raising of small-scale poultry.

Portland Spaces - This links you to the magazine's January 2009 article "Belles of the Backyard," a concise, well illustrated explanation of different breeds, plus coop tips and more. The Garden Coop even makes an appearance!

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coop builders

Here's a working list of some folks who might be able to help you build one of our coop designs if you'd rather not do it yourself. As independent builders, they are not affiliated with The Garden Coop LLC, but they have built from our plans before and should be able to provide you examples of their work.

Independence Gardens (Portland, OR) - Karen and Isabel help people start their own food gardens, consulting on design and building just about any garden structure you might need — including chicken coops.

Microfarm Organic Gardens (Charlotte, NC) - This North Carolina company is dedicated solely to organic edible gardening. In addition to getting you set up with a backyard chicken coop, they offer garden design, maintenance, and other gardening services.

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local chicken coop tours

Please email us if you know of a local tour that's not on the list or info that needs to be updated.

Tour de Coops (Phoenix, AZ)

Tour de Cluck (Davis, CA)
Pleasant Valley Coop Tour (Novato, CA)
Silicon Valley Tour de Coop (Silicon Valley, CA)

Tour de Coop (Ft. Collins, CO)
Take a Peak Coop Tour (Colorado Springs, CO)

Wylde Garden Tour (Decatur and Atlanta, GA)

Boise Tour de Coop (Boise, ID)

Windy City Coop Tour (Chicago, IL)

Chicken Coop Tour (Pioneer Valley of Western MA)

Twin Cities Coop Tour (Minneapolis/St. Paui, MN)

New Mexico
Albuquerque Coop and Garden Tour (Albuquerque, NM)

North Carolina
Tour d'Coop (Raleigh, NC)

Bend's Chicken Coop Tour (Bend, OR)
Tour de Coops (Portland, OR)
Coop and Garden Tour (La Pine, OR)

Tour de Coop (Memphis, TN)

Funky Chicken Coop Tour (Austin, TX)
A Peep At The Coops (Dallas, TX)
Oak Cliff Coop Snoop (Dallas, TX)
San Antonio Chicken Walk (San Antonio, TX)

Chicken Week/Tour de Coops (Salt Lake City, UT)

City Chickens Coop Tour (Seattle, WA)

Mad City Chicken Coop Tour (Madison, WI)


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