Feeling cooped up? Then make plans to attend this urban chicken experience tour! A Peep at the Coops, a one-day tour of private urban chicken coops in North and East Dallas, is set for May 6. The event features some of the most innovative coops for raising chickens in the city, and experts to answer all of your questions about urban chickens. The family-friendly event also features a Country Market with local artisan and food vendors, community information booths, live entertainment, food trucks and other activities that the whole family will enjoy.
A Peep at the Coops is the largest fundraiser for Moss Haven Farm, a 501(c)(3) outdoor learning garden and STEAM curriculum enrichment for students located at Moss Haven Elementary in Lake Highlands. Moss Haven Farm is entirely supported by community and corporate support.
WHAT: A Peep at the Coops Urban Chicken Coops Tour and Country Market
WHEN: Sunday, May 6, 2018, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Moss Haven Farm, 9202 Moss Farm Lane, Dallas, TX 75243
*Tour begins at Moss Haven Farm, where tour tickets can be purchased, and Country Market is held here
WHO: Families from all over Dallas area to attend and enjoy kid-friendly activities
Urban chicken raisers across North and East Dallas will provide their expertise
Moss Haven 4H students will show off chickens and coops at Moss Haven Farm to visitors
TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased for $10/person online at www.aPeepAtTheCoops.org (for a $2 discount, use code TOUR18), or in person at Moss Haven Farm during the event. Kids under 12 are free (children must be accompanied by an adult).
WHAT ELSE: The event will also include:
- Tour of seven urban chicken coops located throughout North and East Dallas
- Chicken talks by vets at Summertree Bird and Animal Clinic and experts from Trinity Haymarket.
- Food from One90 Smoked Meats, Steel City Pops, and Guava Tree and Urban Crust food trucks
- Performances from Lake Highlands HS Wranglers, local choirs and bands, and students from Zound Sounds
- Unique handmade items from local artisans for shopping
- Raffle of custom-made mobile coop from Urban Chicken
THE COOPS: Seven outstanding urban chicken coops that are exploring what is possible for eggs-cellent chicken-raising here in Big D, including:
Hen Haven – A playful, child-friendly coop designed to be underneath the children’s playhouse! It even has a plexiglass window to allow the children to see inside the coop from the playhouse.
Schoolhouse Flock – “Reluctant urbanite” owners wanted to bring a little country back to their family and teach their kids the value of stock and an understanding of where food comes from. This coop is next door to the family’s one-room schoolhouse in the backyard --what a fun way to incorporate the flock into education!
Yellow Rose of Texas - This innovative chicken coop was created from the owner’s playhouse after the children grew up and the owner’s chicken flock grew larger.
Austin City Limits – This coop aims to “keep chickens weird,” as it’s from Austin natives who chose their Dallas neighborhood based on its laid-back, Austin-like feel, and designed their backyard around their chicken flock. The coop includesnesting boxes recycled from an old chicken farm, doors on timers, a rain barrel-fed watering system, and more. These lucky chickens also enjoy a dust bath in a repurposed clawfoot tub.
Coop HQ, the specially designed educational coop where all 400+ Moss Haven Elementary students to enjoy and learn all about chickens and coop care. All classes, K-6, go to the farm on a weekly basis for hands-on lessons, with our hens looking on as they learn. Moss Haven Farm helps students to cultivate a respect for the earth and the food growth process-including eggs!
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Check out the goodness growing all year long at Moss Haven Farm via www.mosshavenfarm.org.