Photos: Denver Chicken Swap!

Vivian Burney (pictured above holding a young chicken) on her favorite feature: "The beak!" 
Vivian Burney (pictured above holding a young chicken) on her favorite feature: "The beak!" 

A flock of thirty-some people showed up on Saturday morning for the Denver Urban Homesteading Chicken Swap that also included ducks, but, sadly, no goats.

The chickens were snatched up faster than they could run, but because of the complexities involved with legally raising and owning livestock in Denver County, not everyone was forthcoming with their last name, or even their face, for photographer Taryn Kapronica. See the full Denver Chicken Swap slide show. Below are a few highlights.

"It's really pretty," says Kayden as he holds his new Red Stars hen. 
"It's really pretty," says Kayden as he holds his new Red Stars hen. 
Michael looks on as Jody meets a possible new pet, a "sex-linked" Red Stars hen. "It sounds dirty, but it's not," assures its owner, Kinza. 
Michael looks on as Jody meets a possible new pet, a "sex-linked" Red Stars hen. "It sounds dirty, but it's not," assures its owner, Kinza. 
Solvehe the Parrot happily accompanies Rebecca to pick up some duck eggs. 
Solvehe the Parrot happily accompanies Rebecca to pick up some duck eggs. 

See the full Denver Chicken Swap slide show

Will wonders never cease? It's not a turkey. It's not a chicken. It's a Turken. 
Will wonders never cease? It's not a turkey. It's not a chicken. It's a Turken. 

 

Jennifer Bolton of Celtic Farms explains what makes her chickens so docile and lovable: "Each one is held and handled by someone every single day."
Jennifer Bolton of Celtic Farms explains what makes her chickens so docile and lovable: "Each one is held and handled by someone every single day."
Why were the Coens interested in picking up some ducks as well as chickens today? "We weren't," says David. "We just fell in love with them," says his wife, Heather. Above: an Indian Runner duck.
Why were the Coens interested in picking up some ducks as well as chickens today? "We weren't," says David. "We just fell in love with them," says his wife, Heather. Above: an Indian Runner duck.
Olive Coen sizes up a possible pet. 
Olive Coen sizes up a possible pet. 

See the full Denver Chicken Swap slide show

A woman proudly displays one of her ducks. "They're smarter than chickens," proclaims her partner.
A woman proudly displays one of her ducks. "They're smarter than chickens," proclaims her partner.
Owning a chicken has become ideal for everything from lawn fertilization and pest control to fresh eggs. Seller Amy Wells adds, "People figure out how to raise their own food. They get a work ethic." 
Owning a chicken has become ideal for everything from lawn fertilization and pest control to fresh eggs. Seller Amy Wells adds, "People figure out how to raise their own food. They get a work ethic." 

More backyard chicken links: "Denver's urban gardeners are digging their backyard farms" (April 2009)


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