SECOND ANNUAL DENVER
CHICKEN COOP TOUR
for Denver Metro Area - ticket
As of September 22, 2011 we have 23 hosts on our
tour, including one with chickens and goats, one beekeeper with bees only
(and four with chickens and bees), and one who raises quail. We have
hosts in poor neighborhoods with 25' wide lots, and hosts on 2-acre lots.
Our hosts span the Denver area's mix of ethnicities and races.
Denver Urban Homesteading is hosting its Second Annual Denver Chicken Coop
Tour in Denver and surrounding communities on Saturday, October 1, 2011 from
10-4 (some locations may not open until 11). Goat milking will begin at 11. Our Chicken Swap is the same day from 10-12
Noon: see the chickens and then see the coops! Coops and chickens selected
for the tour will show the breadth of area coop design and the variety of
chickens that live in them, along with beehives and some goats. This is a
self-guided tour and perfect fall activity for family; walking and biking to
the coops is encouraged. Purchase tickets here or at our local farmers'
market. Each ticket allows a family or up to 4 individuals to participate.
Maps will be mailed to participants the week of the event.
With valid purchase, each ticket purchaser is
entitled to a 10% discount on the purchase of organic chicken feed or
high-quality dog food at Earthdog Denver, and a $100 discount on purchase of
chicken coops made by local carpenters Robert or Leigh, not including
possible delivery charges (reg price $750; sale price $650).
Purchases must be made by November 1, 2011 and there are no
returns. Coops will be built after ordering and available for pickup as
they are completed through spring.
An integral part of the mission of Denver Urban
Homesteading is the promotion of sustainable, self-sufficient food-producing
activities in our backyards. Owners James and Irina Bertini grow much of
their own food, and they want to encourage others to do so. Indeed, when
they decided to have chickens in early 2009 and found out the law prohibited
it, James began the campaign that led to the Denver City Council changing
the law to allow chickens this year. James and Irina support Denver Urban
Homesteading from sales at their year-round, indoor, local farmers' market,
from homesteading classes and from their own labor and savings. They do not
receive government funds for their operations (that's part of being
self-sufficient and they like to practice what they preach) and they
appreciate your support of their activities so that they may continue to
impact society in this way.
As of June 2011, Denver now allows each lot to have up to 8 chickens and
ducks (total of 8) and 2 dwarf goats. These must be females, although
young male kids are allowed as well as neutered male goats.
Animal Control is creating some simple rules for housing the animals, and
they will charge a $20 lifetime fee for these animals. As of August 16,
2011, they have not yet implemented the procedure for paying this fee.
The new Denver law also bans chicken slaughtering. This law is part of
the zoning ordinance, so it is a violation of the zoning code to slaughter
your chicken in most zones in Denver, industrial zones excepted. If a
zoning code is violated, the standard procedure is for a city agency to give
the property owner a notice of a violation and a time period to comply, say,
10 days. We protested the new ban on chicken slaughtering when the city
council considered enacting it because it does not consider what people must
do when their chickens are old, sick or past their useful lives.
Denver Urban Homesteading gives chicken slaughtering classes
periodically, and we are working with a small area farmer who is planning to
accept chickens for slaughtering for a modest fee. Details will be posted
when they are available. We call it a Chicken Recycling service.
Information on the laws in other nearby cities are at
The list was up to date as of two years ago when it was made; the best way to
verify the law in your location is to call your zoning
department. Aurora Councilwoman Melissa Miller is leading the way to make
chickens legal in that city.