Mother Earth News Fair

Sat, 02/20/2016 -
9:00am to 5:00pm

150 Workshops with some really big names.  Joel Salatin, Eliot Coleman author of The New Organic Grower and much more.  Fun-filled, Hands-on Sustainable Lifestyle Events.  Check this one out.


8th Annual Austin Funky Chicken Coop Tour

Sat, 03/26/2016 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

Austin's Funky Chicken Coop Tour is back for an 8th year and this time we've really got something to crow about! The purpose of this tour is to encourage city residents to raise chickens at home by demonstrating the many ways that chicken (and other poultry) housing can be incorporated into urban residence without violating city ordinances or creating a nuisance. Our theme this year is Chickens as Zero Waste Heroes.

Winter Chicken Chat

Sat, 01/09/2016 -
10:30am to 12:00pm

Join the Austin and Central Texas Backyard Poultry Meetup for your chicken questions and to meet fellow feathered friend supporters. Bring a finger food to share with the peeps. See you there!

2014 Volunteer Call, Funky Chicken Coop Tour

Fri, 01/17/2014 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
Fri, 01/24/2014 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
Fri, 01/31/2014 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
Fri, 02/07/2014 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
Fri, 02/07/2014 -
9:00am to 12:00pm

* Do you own chickens but are not interested in having your coop on the Funky Chicken Coop tour?
* Do you like chickens and want to spend some time with others of a similar interest?
* Do you want to help spread the word about the benefits and joys of raising chickens?
* Do you like to bicycle and want to help make this year's Tour de Funky Chickens a success?
If so, there are some wonderful opportunities for you to help prior to the tour, on the tour day itself, and after the tour is over.


Austin Funky Chicken Coop Tour

Sat, 04/19/2014 -
10:00am to 4:00pm

Save the 2014 Date!



April 19, 2014 - 10:00am-4:00pm for touring coops (earlier free classes at Sunshine Community Gardens)

Coop Tour Headquarters

Sunshine Community Gardens

4814 Sunshine Drive, Austin, Texas 78756

It’s been a tough week.

My neighbor, who is very sweet, as well as developmentally challenged, has a habit of coming into my backyard and leaving the gate open.  At least I think it is she who leaves it open... The gate is often mysteriously open after I meticulously close it, and I doubt the chickens know how to open the latch. I know she visits when I'm not home because I've found her there before.

Kibi78704's (Kirsten's) Preface:

Comal County Fair and Rodeo - Backyard Poultry Show

Wed, 09/25/2013 -
8:00am to 8:00pm

Please see for rules, regulations, and other details.

Please note that if you plan to enter a bird in the contest, it  must have a current Pullorum-Typhoid (P/T) test. From the event website:

5) Birds without a P/T test, birds that show obvious disease, or birds that have parasites will not be accepted. The decision of the Superintendent will be final.

Recently, I remarked on Facebook that I needed to thin down my flock of (then) 28 Ameraucanas because the cost of chicken feed was encroaching into the human feed budget. My friend Lorien Hoover sent me a link for Fermented Feed:

Here are some recommendations from the austin poultry list for Avian Vets so you can take your chickens in for help.  Thanks to Carla for this.

My local vet in San Marcos is not an avian vet, but he treats chickens and other farm animals (and lamas, and exotics) in addition to cats and dogs.  I really like him, but he does admit he is not a chicken expert.  He is also very compassionate.
Mark Williams - 512-396-1996


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