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Chickens, ducks preen for Whidbey Island Coop Tour

April 1, 2013 · Updated 3:15 PM
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The crooked coop is part of this year’s Whidbey Coop Tour. /

The fourth annual Whidbey Island Coop Tour will offer visitors some of Whidbey’s best, funniest, funkiest and most beautiful chicken enclosures.

Six island poultry keepers will open their farms and backyards to the public Saturday, April 20, to show off their coops and unique fowl.

Celebrities will thrill on this self-guided tour as visitors meet the Mayor of Whidbey 2012 (a speckled Sussex rooster) and Mick Jagger (another rooster) while viewing innovative designs such as a “crooked coop” straight from a Dr. Seuss book, the chicken condo with a view, three hillside coops built by three brothers, moveable “chicken tractors” and a coop with metal roof and electricity that is so attractive it is often mistaken for a guest house.

Organized by The Rock’n Doodle 4-H Poultry Club, visitors will also pick up practical ideas like using recycled materials, capturing and directing rainwater to poultry, automatic door openers and waterers, and have questions answered about poultry health and care from 4-H members and coop owners

The tour is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tickets and tour maps for $10 per person or carpool are available after April 1 at Bayview Farm and Garden at Bayview Corner, and Skagit Farmers Supply in Freeland and Oak Harbor.

For tour details look on Facebook (Rock’n Doodle 4-H Poultry Club) or email RocknDoodle@whidbey.com.

Proceeds from this event will go toward the club’s community education efforts, barn improvements at the Island County Fairgrounds, and to Island County 4-H.

 

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