What, It’s time to get started already!

Ok folks.


This it the first call for coops to be on the Fifth Annual Take-A-Peek Chicken Coop Tour. The tour will be on May 17 and 18, 2014. If you have chickens, live in the Colorado Springs area and would like to have your coop on the tour let us know. We’re looking for help with organizing the tour as well. Leave a comment or send a message and we’ll get back to you.

John – Coop Janitor

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Homestead Tour

The Tour starts tomorrow at noon. Come out and see what people are doing to develop a bit more resilience in there lives

As expected there was an error in the Tour Guide. Allison Buckley’s address is wrong. It should be – 1326 West Cucharras St., Colorado Springs, CO 80904. The guide has been corrected, so you might want to download or print a new copy.

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The Homestead Tour Guide


The Tour Guide for the 2013 Homestead Tour is now available on the Homestead Tour page. Feel free to copy or print it. I don’t expect any changes (but you never know…).

I’ll try to get a list of events and links for Local Foods Week on here in a day or so. For a start go to http://www.greencitiescoalition.net/index.php/local-food-working-group for an up to date list.

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Homestead Tour – 2013


I’ve added a page for the 2013 Urban Homestead Tour. Check it now and then, I’ll be adding more soon.

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Date of 2014 Tour

Hi folks,

So far the weekend after Mothers Day has worked well for us. So the 2014 Tour will be on May 17 and May 18. Mark you  calendars and if you know you’ll be available, let me know. We may change thing a bit as we move forward and I’d like to have a feel for the number of coop. If you haven’t been on the tour recently, we’d love to have you back.

There has been some discussion about moving it to September/October.  I think we’d be better off with a more focused tour in the fall such as the Homestead Tour we will be having September 21 and 22 in conjunction with Local Foods Week.

The tour will have eight stops, four on each day. Each stop in addition to being open from 12 to 4 PM will have a 30 minute talk at some point in the afternoon on some aspect of urban homesteading.

We’ve lost one of our participants for the Homestead Tour and we’re looking for a replacement. We’d like to find someone keeping primarily ducks and or rabbits and preferably near downtown. We’re open at the moment so let me know if you or someone you  know would be interested. I’ll get you the details.

John Conner
Coop Janitor

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Movie and Meeting

Yesterday  I was at Buckley’s. They have several dozen chicks available. The chicks are 2-4 weeks old, mostly feathered. Call them 358-8510 or stop by 1501 W Colorado if your looking for chicks locally.

On Sunday June 16, there will be a movie and meeting at Penrose Library in the Adult/Children’s room from 1 PM to 5 PM. From 1 to 2 is setup and talking chicken. From 2 to about 3:30 the movie ‘Mad City Chickens’ will be shown. From about 330 to 5 PM there will be a meeting to discuss Next years Take-A-Peak Chicken Coop Tour.

Come for all, or just the movie or meeting. Children are welcome. Chickens not so much – library has a problem with them :-)
If possible RSVP at Colorado Springs Urban Homesteading.

Or email me, jpconner2(at)gmail.com
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A Very Good Tour

Well, it is history. We had very good weather and very good turnout. The current count is 1700 coop visits (1 visitor to 1 coop). That is an average of 50 visitors to each coop over the two days. Of course not all coops hit the average. Some were only able to be open for one 4 hour period.

Niko has the honor of most visitors – 204! And, he had the problem of finding a dead hen just before the start. She is now pushing up a cheery tree. The picture is Niko’s Cob Coop.

We are looking in to a limited showing of ‘Mad City Chickens’ at Penrose Library on Sunday June 16. More details if we get it arranged.


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