2015 Twin Cities Chicken Coop Tour

Welcome to the 10th annual
2015 Twin Cities Coop Tour! 

Thanks to the volunteers who generously open their yards and lives to share their chicken-keeping experiences.

This year's tour is:
Saturday, September 19th 2015
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Jensen Coop 2014

Tour Map
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2015 Coop Tour Map

Tour Stop Sign
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Tour Stop

 Coop Tour T-shirts!

There are still a few left!
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Pick-up pre-ordered shirts at Egg|Plant
(We have a few extra, too)

2015 Coop Tour T-Shirt
Congratulations to
Shannon Daugherty
for the winning design
and Huge Thanks to
Christine Valento
at Twistwire Marketing
for the shirts and the online ordering!

This is a self-guided tour. You don't need to sign up to go on the tour, just visit any or all of the coops listed on this page.
Post your pictures and thoughts with #twincitiescooptour!

2015 Twin Cities Coop Tour

2015 Twin Cities Coop Tour

Map #
 Name/Address  Description  Image (click for larger view)
 A Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply
1771 Selby Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
Once again, Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply is organizing the tour. Stop by Egg|Plant to get a map of the tour stops.
Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply Co.

BFred & Tricia Sauer
1838 Laurel Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Last years picture. This year we have added a Chunnel and a remote play ground jungle gym. Stop by and see all the different eggs and chickens.
Sauer Coop

CAndrew, Kristina, Sylvia & Gavin Ralston
1965 Portland Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Enter from the front on the East side of the house, the coop is behind the play set. Built in 2015, this coop houses three hens from EggPlant. We have one part-time layer and two aspiring birds and a couple of kids who would love to tell you about them; feel free to ring the doorbell!
Ralston Coop
DPaul Bary
1743 Goodrich Ave
Saint Paul, MN
Enter the yard on the right side of the house and go through the gate, all the way to the back, and left around the back of the house. The coop at the rear left corner of the lot.
Bary Coop
EAndy Holdsworth & Hillary Oppmann
3019 32nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Come visit a chicken coop that doubles as a play structure/fort for our kids. Designed and built by Andy, with help from the kids. Our backyard chicken journey started with our older son’s request to get either bees or chickens for his 7th birthday. We went with chickens and started our flock last summer with five different breeds, all ordered as chicks from Egg|Plant. We built our coop to be a healthy shelter for our 5 birds, easy to clean and access, and an aesthetically pleasing addition to our yard that is fun for our kids. The 5x5 cedar sided coop features a high roof, plenty of ventilation, insulated walls, electricity for a light and water heater in the winter. It has two attached nesting boxes that make egg gathering easy for our kids and their friends. What makes it extra fun for our kids is the play structure built over the run. Inspired by our kids’ design ideas, it features a lower deck with a “chicken viewing” window and kid’s slide and an upper deck that is reached by climbing the mulberry tree or ladder and provides a battle station for water gun fights or perch for picnics. The 75 sf run is accessed by a full size door, and extends under the coop, so the chickens always have shade. While you're in the Longfellow neighborhood, check out the annual LoLa Art Crawl from 10 - 5! http://lolaartcrawl.com/.
Oppmann Coop
FJay Haukom
4700 Coffey Lane
Minneapolis, MN
For a little over two years, our family has been enjoying our backyard chickens. We have five chickens(five different breeds) and each has, of course, a unique personality!   
Haukom Coop
GKyle and Lindsay Henning
3937 43rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Lindsay and I just got our chickens this spring after taking the class at Eggplant.  I, along with some help from friends, built our coop and it is now home to five lovely hens.  We have a Buff Orpington (Mabel), a Silver Laced Wyandotte (Dottie), a Rhode Island Red (Penny), a Barred Rock (Camilla), and an Ameraucana (Penelope).  You can follow along with our adventures on our blog at www.henningschickens.wordpress.com if you'd like.
Henning Coop
HDavid Kensinger
6938 Park Ave South
Richfield 55423
Come check out our Custom Designed Chicken Suite! Our coop was designed with our chickens happiness, safety and comfort in mind as well as our ability to do chicken chores. The coop and run is 10' x 4' with plenty of height with a cement block base recessed into the ground to protect from digging predators. It is nestled in the shade behind our garage helps keep the sun off the girls during hot days and the wind low during the cold ones.

The coop is fully insulated with 1.5" insulating foam and radiant foam on the ceiling. Other features include clear roofing over the run, large window on the coop for venting  and light, floating coop ramp to make cleaning the run easy, automatic low maintenance water and food. The backside of the coop has a full width cleanout door for super easy cleaning.

Additionally, the nesting boxes are mounted to the cleanout door so they are automatically out of the way for cleaning. Lastly, centered on the cleanout door is a small door for access to the nesting boxes to grab the little presents laid by the girls. Come on by and see Omelet, Nugget and Elsa in their happy home!!
Kensinger Coop
IKatie and Jeremy Schroeder
5732 14th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55417
We built our coop this past spring using materials from the Habitat ReStore, the Home Depot cull lumber bin and our attic. We still have some winter-proofing to be done (ie: actual windows), but the coop itself is entirely insulated.

We have five hens that are just starting (or thinking about starting) to lay. Because we don't have a fenced in backyard, our hens mostly stay in their coop and run, which is 5' x 12'. 

They are the beloved hens of the neighborhood kids, and thrive on clover flowers fed to them by two year olds. We have a Buff Orpington, an Australorp, an Ameraucauna, a Gold Star, and a Barred Rock.
Schroeder Coop
JTodd Lenthe
4432 Bloomington Ave
Minneapolis, MN
This coop was built three years ago and it still houses the same 5 original hens.

The choice to build this coop with a full height door and covered run were key in making this coop very user friendly. We absolutely love how easy the coop is to clean and maintain! This coop has made chicken keeping simple and therefore easier to integrate into our busy schedules.

Corrugated poly-carbonate roofing covers both the run and henhouse. This roofing provides rain and snow protection, screens out most of harmful UV sunlight, protects against heat gain and floods the coop with light. Ventilation is provided to the henhouse through a combination of an operable skylight and a hinged slot window near the floor. By opening both of these warm moist air is allowed to escape through the skylight and cooler air is drawn in the window. The henhouse is fully insulated to retain the heat in the winter and to provide a barrier against the heat in the summer.

Stop by and learn about all the research and thought that has gone into this coop as well as the knowledge gained from three years of hands on chicken keeping experience. 
Lenthe Coop
KLuke Grohovsky
4429 15th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Hand built by our neighbor, Todd Lenthe. This Coop is home to our Barred Rock (Frieda), Buff Orpington (Buttercup), Ameraucana (Henningway) & Silver-Laced Wyandotte (Quiche-a). A year and a 1/2 in and they are still happily laying daily. Henningway, Quiche-a, Buttercup and Frieda
Grahovsky Coop
LApril & Matthew Grabanski
4328 14th Ave South
Our little urban farm feels complete with the addition of our hens. We have had chickens for a little over a year and really enjoy their fun personalities. We have seven leading ladies: 2 gold stars, 2 barred rocks, 2 Easter eggers, and 1 silver-laced wyandotte. We built our coop ourselves out of cedar.
Grabanski Coop
MAimee & Jeremy McAdams
3441 18th Ave S
Minneapolis 55407
We've had chickens since 2009. In our current batch of 18 we have Americauna, Blue Cochin, Cuckoo Maran, and Delaware. We got these girls in May and they are almost 4 months old - not quite laying yet. But soon we hope! We have a nice large coop and run for them - the design of which has changed several times over the years. They have lots of room for lounging in the sun on good days, scratching in the dirt on rainy days, and snuggling for warmth in the winter - or running around in the snow as some chickens like to do!
McAdams Coop
NNancie Hamlett
3420 18th Av S
Minneapolis, MN
Chickens in the backyard by the garage, come on through the yard. These chickens are also up for "adoption" as I can no longer care for them. Come visit them.
ORuben n Geri Lopez
3302 18th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
It is a home built coop. We have 11 chickens that have free range over our whole backyard garden. We have 6 different breeds of chickens.
Lopez Coop
PAmy & Mike Lietzau
5040 Winsdale Street
Golden Valley, MN
When Golden Valley allowed chickens in 2014, we were so excited and started researching and designing the perfect coop for the 4 chickens we would be allowed. I built and rebuilt and rebuilt again the coop in Google SketchUp. "Virtual wood" is free and I worked out a lot of the kinks before ever cutting an actual board. Which is good, because this was the first construction project we have ever attempted.

Our coop is 5'x5' with an integrated and covered run that is 5'x12', It has two nesting boxes with outside access, food storage, and other supplies storage. It has removable windows for winter/summer, plus we use plexiglass over the run hardware cloth panels during the coldest parts of winter.

It's been one year with this coop, and it's served our hens well through winter and summer, and kept them safe from predators - and we've got a lot - dogs, foxes, racoons, hawks and eagles. To see the photos of the entire coop building process, visit http://imgur.com/a/3Hmip.
Lietzau Coop
QBryan Black
5248 Kentucky Ave N
Crystal, MN 55428
We are happy to share our coop for a second year on the tenth anniversary of the Twin Cities Coop Tour.
Such a great opportunity to meet with neighbors and others interested or curious about chicken ownership, share stories, ideas and experiences on keeping chickens and the coops they live in.
Our family has four Buff Orpingtons that happily occupy a homemade custom coop. This coop was built with all recycled, repurposed or extra jobsite materials. The coop has a three gallon closed watering system, a rodent proof feeder and my second generation automatic coop door with new safety features (My neighbor also has one of these automatic doors).
Other features include an Arduino / Wifi based climate monitor that was used to graph conditions inside the coop this past winter.
The ventilation system was designed to quickly exchange the air inside the coop to control temp and humidity, keeping the girls very comfortable year round. This coop and run require very little maintenance and cleaning, making our chicken ownership experience effortless and rewarding.
Our open house will be directly across the street from another stop on the tour, making it a convenient trip.
Black Coop
RDenise Zerr
5255 Kentucky Avenue S
Crystal  MN 55428
My little coop is made from 90% recycled bits. My very talented neighbor built an automatic door with a timer last Winter. I have 3 chickens that are just over a year old. Bonus! My neighbor directly across the street is on the tour as well.
Zerr Coop
SKaren MacEwan
5013 North 6th Street
Minneapolis 55430
I built this coop last Summer and have had chickens since August 1. The chicken coop stilts were made using branches from a tree we removed. The siding on the coop was re-purposed from an old garage door. The enclosure's uprights are thick branches from the same tree, and I scavenged various metal pieces for the roof. We hatched four eggs on June 28, and they're growing up fast!!

I will be available until 3pm. You may even see me spinning wool on an antique spinning wheel when you arrive!!
TDr. Sandra Lester
1107 Fillmore St NE
Minneapolis 55413
Kai and I are two Veterinarians sharing our lives with a mixed flock of four buff Orpingtons, a Silver Laced Wyandotte, a Rhode Island Red,  an Australorp and one special needs cat. The main coop was designed and built by Mr. Dennis Engelmann who owns Nesting Neighbors in Glencoe Minnesota and it has kept our hens safe and warm for the past two years.

After working with commercial laying hens in California, I enjoy caring for my backyard poultry patients at the Quarry Banfield, and providing our own flock with a rich and full life.

We are excited to share what we have learned about managing a backyard flock in Minnesota, and for the opportunity to meet other chicken enthusiasts!  Light refreshments will be served.

On street parking available on Fillmores St NE, we are pretty easy to spot as their is a red and white chicken tractor on the front lawn.
Lester Coop
UChris Jensen
922 21st Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
I have been making this portable coop for seven years. A friend gave me a rough draft of this design and I made it tough enough our climate. I did some research afterwards and found out this design of coop has been very popular in Europe for long time. I love the fact that my birds get fresh grass everyday and are very well protected at the same time. It is lightweight and easy to move with just one person, even easier with two people. It is made from very long lasting 1" thick cedar. I made this coop to withstand our very frigid winters without the need for extra heat. Temp differences from outside coop to inside has been as little as +30 degrees overnight to +45 degrees with a little sun during the winter. I, also, have been breeding a very rare breed of chicken for seven years in these great coops. I have been working on new colors and a new size of chicken. Some of my girls are really small with one of them weighing in at 325g (less than 12 oz.) at almost 16 weeks. Seramas that weigh under 500g are considered "Micro" Bantam. That would put her in a new size category of "Nano Bantam". She and her sisters will be out during the tour. By the way, these birds are NOT Seramas nor related to Seramas (except that they are both chickens).
Jensen Coop
VHelena & Collin
898 Howell St. N.
Saint Paul, MN
This is our first year with our backyard coop! We (Collin) spent about 8 weeks this summer building our urban coop. We bought coop plans through Craigslist and although these amateur builders had some struggles, we are VERY pleased with how it all turned out. Our reclaimed barn wood siding was another great find that we got for FREE on Craigslist! We welcomed our 3 hens (also from Craigslist) at the beginning of August. Boom, Shaka, and Laka are about 3 years old and are still laying some fabulous eggs. While you're here, stop by Tatum Park Community Garden's Fall Harvest Celebration and Fundraiser, located right down the alley from our coop! Celebration runs from 4-7pm Drinks & Food available
Hanson Coop
WAnika Yokanovich
2204 Oxford St N
Roseville, MN 55113

Our coop started out several years ago as our two daughter’s playhouse.  Since then, we converted it into a coop by insulating, adding electricity, putting milk board up on the walls and adding a door for the ladies to head out into the run.  We had our share of mishaps and heartache to get to where we are at.  This included incidents with fox, raccoons and a fire in our current coop this spring when our chicks were only two weeks old.  We lost everyone and had to rebuild. 

Now, our happy little coop is home to several happy hens and pullets.  Our run is constructed out of wire mesh going 24” into the ground and is 12’ x 10’ with 6’ being covered.  This has worked well and we are really enjoying our flock.

Yokanovich Coop
XDavid and Lea Berg
1409 Edgerton St.
Saint Paul, MN
Fran (Gold Star), Agnes (Ameraucana), Lucy (Plymouth Rock) and Ruby (Rhode Island Red) would love to show you their digs - they were purchased from EggPlant this spring and all have just started laying the last couple weeks.

Their coop was designed as an "addition" onto our garden shed, but ended up looking so good when it was done it begged for a complete shed facelift which was completed last fall.

We should be around all day but may be inside helping the littles nap in the afternoon.
Berg Coop
YSusan G
2048 3rd Street East
Saint Paul, MN 55119
We, like a few others, purchased coop plans on Craigslist this spring and built it ourselves. Our chickens are hand raised, but we had to get them out of the spare bedroom before they started to fly! LOL  It always takes longer than you think and costs more than you plan on spending, but boy are we and our 9 Royal Ladies ever happy with "Cluckingham Palace!"  Come on over and check it out! 
Grzeskowiak Coop
ZHeidi Huebner
456 Old E East
Hudson, WI 54016
Our natural built chicken coop can house up to 35 birds, but we've currently got only 14 hens.  We are off-the-grid, so no supplemental heating in the winter.  Just good design and passive solar heat through the south-facing windows.Huebner Coop
aDon Anderson
3025 253rd Ave NW
Isanti, MN 55040
This is our first year raising chickens and have loved every minute! The coop was designed after homes we saw in Molpe, Finland. We have 17 girls and a Newfoundland dog who watches over them. We made a swing out of an old ladder and the girls and us have found it endlessly entertaining!
Anderson Coop