Committed to Responsible Urban Chicken Keeping
A Collection of Lexington Backyard Chicken Keepers
A self-guided tour of backyard chicken coops in Lexington
See how chickens make good neighbors with great examples of responsible urban chicken keeping. Learn how friends, family and co-workers are discovering the joy of chickens. Then come to the after-party at Southern States on Palumbo Drive featuring live music, grilled burgers and hot dogs, Q&A on responsible urban chicken keeping with UK Poultry Extension Associate Dr. Jacquie Jacob, and a chicken coop raffle! Raffle tickets can be purchased for $10 at select tour sites.
- Pet Wants Lexington 321 S Ashland Ave, Lexington, KY 40502
- Southern States Lexington 2570 Palumbo Dr, Lexington, KY 40509
- Good Foods Market and Cafe 455 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503
- Alfalfa Restaurant 141 E Main St, Lexington, KY 40507
- North Lexington Veterinary Clinic 1402 N Broadway, Lexington, KY 40505
For your chance to win this coop in a raffle drawing on Sunday May 24th, 2015, buy a raffle ticket online or purchase a raffle ticket while on the 2015 Tour de Coops.
A Chicken in Every Backyard By Karin Pekarchik | Extension Specialist Senior
In John Wilhoit’s AEN 252 Farm Shop class, students learn basic plumbing, welding, electrical wiring, and wood construction skills. For the construction part of the class, Dr. Wilhoit likes find service projects for the class to work on. Last year, they built and donated three picnic tables to the thoroughbred retirement organization Old Friends in Georgetown. This semester, they are building two chicken coops for Lexington-based CLUCK!, which promotes responsible urban chicken keeping. One coop will be raffled off at the “Tour de Coops 2015,” an annual crawl in late May through Lexington to see various chicken coops; the second coop will go to a low-income family. Built to house three to four chickens using primarily donated lumber and supplies, the chicken coops will support Lexington’s growing league of urban chicken farmers. The coops were intentionally built small enough to fit on the back of a pick-up truck for transport and to be moveable if desired, with screws the most expensive part of the $100 budget. Woodford Feed, which donated chicken wire, is also contributing a coupon for a bag of chicken feed for the raffle winner. Lexington’s Habitat for Humanity ReStore contributed particle board and lumber; and Glasscock Log & Lumber in Bloomfield, KY. provided cedar boards being used to sheathe part of the coop’s exterior.
CLUCK promotes responsible urban chicken keeping in Lexington by:
- Connecting chicken keepers to the pleasure of keeping their own flocks
- Educating chicken keepers to maintain healthy flocks
- Promoting good relationships with neighbors without flocks
We do this so that chicken-keeping can be a healthy and neighborly part of Lexington’s food system. These are accomplished through 4 different efforts:
- CLUCK – Feed – Potluck where chicken-keepers gather to share the knowledge and pleasure of raising small flocks
- CLUCK – Ed – Educational classes and workshops about how to establish and maintain a healthy flock
- Annual Tour de Coops – A self guided tour to show examples of responsible and neighborly chicken-keeping in Lexington
- Initial Consults – A half-hour consult offered to folks looking to get started with backyard chickens.
ResourcesDo you need more information on starting or maintaining your flock? We have curated a few favorite links on our ‘Resources’ page.