Tour de Coop: "Cribs" for Boise chicks
Tina Jensen reports. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
If there was a pecking order for chicken coops in the Valley, coops featured in the "Tour de Coop" would rule the roost. Think of it as "Cribs"...a tour of the urban hangouts for the coolest chicks in the valley.
"Your imagination is your only limitation in terms of cooping a chicken,” said Gretchen Anderson, author of “Backyard Chicken Fight. “You can do it with an old dresser or an old vanity."
Backyard chicken advocates are quick to list the benefits. Perhaps the most obvious, is having fresh organic eggs...steps away from your kitchen.
"People want to know where there food comes from so the whole food security issue is driving this movement,” said Anderson. “So I think that's the kind of person we're seeing today. They just want to be more sustainable."
Still, some worry about the noise. But if you get egg-laying hens, and not *roosters. that shouldn't be a problem.
And here's the scoop on the coop poop. To avoid a stench...You have to clean it up. "I think you have to be responsible like any backyard animal,” said Erik Kingston with the Tour de Coop. “They have to be clean and disease free and you have to be aware of them. There lower maintenance than dogs and they lay eggs."