McKinney's Tour de Coop 2015

At the end of last month I told you about the Tour de Coop and this week I have photographs from the event to share!

I made it to four of the coops on the tour and I'm going to tell you about them in the order which I saw them.
"Tour de Coop 2015 House1 1" - McKinney, Texas
The first coop was this adorable structure connected to the kids' playhouse.  The egg box was in a pass through window between the playhouse and the coop and that's where I took the photograph of this beauty.
"Tour de Coop 2015 House1 2" - McKinney, Texas
The coop housed a large branch that the chickens really seemed to like climbing on.  Who knew chickens liked to climb?
"Tour de Coop 2015 House1 3" - McKinney, Texas
There was an adorable egg wreath on the door and a brightly colored painting in the coop.
"Tour de Coop 2015 House1 4" - McKinney, Texas
This photograph was taken about two seconds before this chicken did a runner which resulted in a Saturday morning cartoon caliber chase involving two kids and two adults and took an eternity!  The little boy who owned the chickens finally caught the runner, but poor Reese, that's the little girl and we'll talk about her again in a minute, was rather disappointed by her first attempt to hold a chicken.
"Tour de Coop 2015 House1 5" - McKinney, Texas
Coop number two incorporated stained glass windows, reclaimed wood, and a metal roof.  All together a striking but simple coop.
"Tour de Coop 2015 House2 1" - McKinney, Texas
Funnily enough Reese and her mother seemed to be on the same tour route I was, so we caught up with each other again.
"Tour de Coop 2015 House2 2" - McKinney, Texas
And this time chicken holding was a total success!  Doesn't she look so pleased with herself?!?
"Tour de Coop 2015 House2 3" - McKinney, Texas
At house number three the owners had actually sectioned off a rather large portion of their yard.
"Tour de Coop 2015 House3 1" - McKinney, Texas
The main structure was a yellow egg box.
"Tour de Coop 2015 House3 2" - McKinney, Texas
And that is where I came across the only adult chicken I was able to photograph at coop three (the others were all digging around in the compost bin, which, unfortunately was on the other side of chicken area and in a great deal of shade, so no good for photographs).  I did get a quick shot of this little lady, but she was not super thrilled that I was invading her space.
"Tour de Coop 2015 House3 3" - McKinney, Texas
The owners did have two adolescent chickens that I was able to get several photographs of.  I think look like little feathered dinosaurs.
"Tour de Coop 2015 House3 4" - McKinney, Texas
The final coop that I saw was my friend Yvonne's.
"Tour de Coop 2015 House4 1" - McKinney, Texas
She's made some additions (more chickens and more buildings) since we first saw her coop on the Garden Club Tour last year.
"Tour de Coop 2015 House4 2" - McKinney, Texas
The one coop has now become three and the whole back section of the yard is dedicated to the chickens.
"Tour de Coop 2015 House4 3" - McKinney, Texas
This is the exterior of the one coop Yvonne had during the tour.  You can see an interior photograph in my Garden Club Tour post, but this structure includes a mirror, decorative china dishes, and a chandler.  Yep, these chickens have a fancier dining room than me!
"Tour de Coop 2015 House4 4" - McKinney, Texas
The newer, larger structure includes a loft area with various decorative items and a painting above the feeding station.
"Tour de Coop 2015 House4 5" - McKinney, Texas
There is also an exterior dog run type area complete with climbing branch and statue.
"Tour de Coop 2015 House4 6" - McKinney, Texas
All of the coop owners seemed very enamored with their birds and there was such a variety of styles.  I do not now, nor do I really plan to in the future, own chickens (Pepper would NEVER be able to let the chickens be), but it was really fun to see all of the different ways that chickens could be housed.

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