As delicious as eggs taste, most urbanites have never gathered still-warm, bright-blue or green eggs from a nest in a chicken coop. But being an urban chicken wrangler is not as unusual as you may think. Backyard chickens are an increasingly popular part of the local food movement and a way for folks to make breakfast in the morning without a trip to the supermarket. Over the past few years, a number of Treasure Valley residents have jumped on the backyard-chicken bandwagon and built their own coops.
The Tour de Coop, which will span two days in both Eagle and Boise, is a chance for the poultry-challenged to learn about chicken breeds and see how local chickenistas are housing their feathery friends in creative but practical homes. It's also a great way to learn about sustainable, local-food efforts and the numerous benefits of owning chickens.
The tour is self-guided. Participants buy a map and learn the art of chicken wrangling from Tour de Coop hosts as they explore local backyard coops. T-shirts and posters designed by local artist Ward Hooper are also available for purchase.
Starting in Eagle on Saturday, Oct. 1, the Tour de Coop struts into Boise on Sunday, Oct. 2, and wraps up with an after-party at the Zamzows on State Street from 4-6 p.m. You can register and buy your map at eventbee.com/v/sccidaho2011tourdecoop.