Into the Hen House

Curious about what it takes to keep a coop full of chickens in your own back yard? The Denver Botanic Gardens and chicken-coop keepers around the city are here to enlighten you with a one-day tour of poultry-friendly living spaces. Today, interested parties can purchase a $20 map from the Gardens — which acts as a “ticket” for four people — and drive, bike or walk to more than two dozen Denver homes with hens.

Keepers will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along the self-guided Denver Botanic Gardens Chicken Coop Tour to talk about coop maintenance, proper chicken care, city urban farming ordinances and how the birds can help keep a healthy garden. Proceeds from the maps will go toward funding the DBG’s educational programs, which communications editor David Rubin says are focused on sustain-ability.

Maps can be purchased in advance at or by calling 303-865-3500. After September 28, you can buy them at the Gardens, 1007 York Street.
Sat., Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 2011

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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