A Chance to Check Out Davis' Backyard Chicken Coops

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There are only a few tickets left for this Saturday’s Tour de Cluck, a “crawl” of 16 backyard coops in Davis. I just spoke with event organizer Jacqueline Clemens, who got the idea from a similar event in Portland, Ore. She said the self-guided tour will feature a wide variety of chickens (many of them heritage breeds) and coops, ranging from a rustic contraption made of recycled materials to a fancy one complete with shutters, flower boxes and a misting system to keep the chickens cool in the summer. It’s designed to give people information on how to raise their own backyard fowl. Clemens said there are two types of chicken keepers: those who name their chickens and those who don’t. She’s the former; she named hers Maude, Maggie, Hazel and Gertie after her grandmother and great-aunts. “They all have different personalities and provide lovely, delicious eggs,” said Clemens. The tour, a fundraiser for Davis Farm to School Connection, takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 22. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/106328. Hurry—they’re going fast.