Explore North Main’s Backyard Chicken Coops at This April Event

By Brett Barest | March 15, 2017
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The upstate celebrates backyard chicken coops at this fun and informative community event.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a guy walks into a bar and crosses the road to get to the chicken, of course.

Maybe that’s not quite how it goes, but it is a fairly accurate description of what we will be doing on April 22 as the Upstate celebrates its inaugural North Main Coop Crawl. The adventure presented by edible Upcountry and Adrienne Ola Hawkins’ new community events company, Gather, will begin with a meet-up at The Community Tap before participants venture out on their own self-guided tour of the North Main area’s backyard chicken coops.

It was only a matter of time before an event like this had to happen. Urban farm tours have been visiting creative and unique home garden plots for years now. With the booming popularity of backyard chicken coops, it is high time to spotlight our feathered friends. As homeowners discover the value and, more importantly, fun of caring for  their own personal brood of chickens, it is becoming increasingly common to find inventive coop designs, gorgeous birds, and delicious eggs just steps off Main Street, USA. 

The growth in backyard chicken farming is not surprising when one considers the benefits. Of course, coop owners enjoy the freshest eggs from chickens they know are organically fed and humanely raised. Chicken owners are often surprised by additional benefits: , chickens will feed on backyard pests and can serve as living compost bins as they will feast on nearly every vegetarian kitchen scrap you offer them. Their waste is a premium fertilizer for your own vegetable garden. The result is a beautiful, and incredibly sustainable, cycle of life as owner, chickens, and garden are literally feeding each other in the healthiest and most natural ways possible.

Leighton and Dani Ossont are just a bit attached to their backyard egg producers.

Now, back to that bar. Participants in the North Main Coop Crawl will pick up maps and other necessary info at The Community Tap before setting off on  their easily  walkable journey to the backyards of neighborhood residents who not only have their own backyard chicken coops but are kind enough to share them with the public. Participants will see firsthand a wide variety of bird breeds and coop designs and learn about the chickens from those who care for them. They may even be inspired to build a coop of their own. 

Back at The Community Tap, guests will be invited to grab a pint and spend some time at the Coop Crawl’s Education Station. Here coop owners and experts in the practice of keeping backyard chickens will be ready to answer all the questions the tour might have inspired along the way. Participants can get tips on coop construction,incubation and care, protecting chickens from predators, and the rules and regulations of owning chickens in your own neighborhood.

A neighborhood hike coupled with a beer or glass of wine is bound to work up an appetite. Fittingly, Roost Restaurant will serve up (what else?) arguably the best fried chicken in town for all the hungry coop crawlers.

All of this comes together for an exciting and unique community event where folks can enjoy a day in a beautiful historic neighborhood and learn about a potential new hobby along the way. We hope you will join us for the inaugural North Main Coop Crawl on April 22!

North Main Coop Crawl
April 22, 10am-2pm
The Community Tap
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Article from Edible Upcountry at http://edibleupcountry.ediblecommunities.com/things-do/explore-north-main-s-backyard-chicken-coops-april-event
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