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Parade of Chicken Coops hosts its 6th annual tour

Dawn Cameron and John Longballa's cool coop is among those on the tour.

Dawn Cameron and John Longballa's cool coop is among those on the tour.

Already dreading the idea of being cooped up all winter? Ease the forthcoming cold weather blues by going on the sixth annual Parade of Chicken Coops this Saturday, September 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

During the free event, more than 35 keepers will open their coops to the public, who can visit as many as they please on their self-guided tour. Attendees can check out the birds and their digs, an assortment of simple, utilitarian structures to elaborate homes for pampered pets. Owners will be on hand to answer questions and offer tips on coop building, breed selection, and establishing a routine to keep birds comfortable year round.

Printed maps of the participating coops are available at Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply (1771 Selby Ave. St. Paul, 651.645.0818) or an interactive map (plus photos, descriptions, and more) is online at Twin Cities Coop Tour.