2017 Twin Cities Chicken Coop Tour

Welcome to the 12th annual
2017 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 16th, 2017
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Skahen Coop

Questions? Contact me at 


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.

Handy Tips

  • There are printed maps at Egg|Plant (but you can print the one here, too).
  • Use your phone! The map below is interactive. Click the panel icon at the top left to list the stops.
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  • Ask questions. Tour hosts are proud of their work and are willing to share.
  • Don't show up before 10 or after 4.
  • Don't bring dogs on the tour. The make chickens very nervous.
  • Have a great time!

2017 Map
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2017 Tour Map

Tour Stop Poster
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Tour Stop Poster

Star-Tribune Article
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2017 Twin Cities Coop Tour

2017 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
 B Erin Metz Verdeja
1518 Selby Ave
St. Paul, MN
We have a small backyard that provided a challenge for this design! My husband built this coop custom to the space without any design plans other than just a few photos off Pinterest and my chicken keeping knowledge from raising hens out in California. It was very important to us that the coop utilize features that were conducive to keeping poultry in a very urban environment! Our hens are varieties that I knew would lay colorful eggs and do well in the cold north of Minnesota.... We hope you enjoy our urban farm paradise!

Please enter through the backyard gate on Saratoga!
Metz Coop
 C Patty Longard
724 Bellows Street
Saint Paul, MN
Come in through the backyard gate on the South side of the house!
Longard Coop
 D Rachel Quick
554 Junction Lane
Mendota Heights, MN 55118
Our chickens have the honor of being the first in Mendota Heights, after we worked to add a chicken ordinance in our town. We selected Orps because we heard they liked to be hugged - and boy do they ever! We're still waiting for our Easter Eggers to show us colorful eggs, hopefully they start laying any day now! My 6 year old pops out of bed every morning to check for eggs, and we love having these funny little creatures in our home.   
Quick Coop
 E  Pam and Jeff Schweitzer
1502 Huron St.
St. Paul, MN
Our simple,backyard coop is converted from an old tree fort and is mostly made from recycled materials.  
Schweizer Coop
 F Dawn Cameron
1015 Parker Avenue
Roseville, MN
We've kept chickens for several years in an A-frame coop in the backyard, but this past winter we built a larger 6'x4'x6' coop in our partially underground garage to take advantage of both the cooler summers and warmer winters in there. 

We currently have 4 hens (a California white, an easter egger, a speckled sussex, and a barred rock and 6 twelve-week-old "chicks" (blue andalusians, silkies, white-crested polish and a welsummer).

The entrance to the backyard is in the upper left of the photo through a space that used to be glass-block windows.  Come see how they've learned to navigate both the habitrail entrance/exit and the numerous ramps this design required!
Cameron Coop
 G The Angellars
748 Sextant Ave W
Roseville, MN
After years of begging us for a horse, our daughter decided to settle for chickens. We got our seven babies from Egg Plant the spring of 2014 and started them in a tub in the basement. They quickly grew into a bigger tub, then a gated area of the floor before finally moving outside in time for summer. The husband-built playhouse abandoned by older children was converted to a coop. Over the course of the season, we added a yard, then a second smaller coop and yard due to an extreme pecking-order situation. Our chickens have been pets; the subjects of a blue-ribbon award winning 4-H project; suppliers of eggs for our family, a neighborhood business, and a trade-for-goods-and-services gig; and an awesome source of education, enrichment and entertainment.

Angellar Coop
Deb and Bob Carlson
428 Judith Ave
Roseville, MN
-have 3 layers (Gold Star, Ameraucauna and an Australourp) purchased from EggPlant July 2016.
-purchased a small coop/run kit from Fleetfarm. We wanted to have chickens and needed to start somewhere. 
-built a run and using recycled doors, old decking and also purchased some new wood and netting. We have foxes, hawks, raccoons, dogs, cats and kids who visit us and so we needed a bigger safer place for the chickens to hang out and for us to sit and enjoy spending time with them. Part of the run is on concrete and part on earth.
-share the garden with the chickens. We have small protected garden plots for growing herbs and veggies. We use fishing line over the top to keep out the hawks.
Carlson Coop
 I Jessica Teigen Mattson
3301 Buchanan St NE
Minneapolis, MN
Our chickens bring us so much joy and calm, so After 4 years in their out of a box coop, we decided to give them a new coop worthy of the happiness they bring us.  Owning a design and construction business we had to create for them a custom coop that not only gave them more room, but looked good and  fit the feel of the house. With simple colors and warm wood accents it truly is a perfect fit nestled in our garden.    Mattson Coop
 J Sandra Lester
1107 Fillmore st NE
Minneapolis, MN
My hubby Kai and are once again thrilled to be a part of this year's coop tour. We have a mixed flock of hens including Buff Orpingtons, both Silver and Gold Laced Wyandottes, a Red Laced Blue Wyandotte, a tough little Rhode Island Red, a Black Australorp, and a finally a Black Silky- (she was kind of a accident, we veterinarians tend to collect cast-offs, usually with interesting histories and large veterinary bills.) We have been keeping hens here in Northeast Minneapolis for 4 or 5 years now and look forward to sharing our experiences as well as hearing yours. Refreshments will be served.  Easy parking available on Fillmore street NE- just look for the red-and-white chicken tractor on the front lawn. Party is in the back garden- enter through the side gate. Visit our chicken's Facebook page at Twin Cities Backyard Chickens.  
Lester Coop
 K Ruben and Geri Lopez
3302 18th Ave S
Minneapolis, M
We have been chicken keepers for 7 years. Some of our original girls are still alive and kicking and laying eggs.
Lopez Coop
 L The Rede Family
3537 16th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN
Stop by to meet our nine sweet hens (including our goofy polish and our adorable new silkies!) and our two gentle giant dogs. We have been keeping backyard chickens for over seven years now. We're a vegetarian family and our hens are beloved "pets with benefits" who provide us with a more ethical source of eggs and a ton of great entertainment. Our eclectic coop started out as a rabbit hutch which we insulated, expanded, and upgraded. Our kids love to chat chickens with other kids! We have many chicken-themed children's books and will be holding impromptu chicken story times throughout the day. See you soon!  
Rede Coop
 M Caitlin C Percy
4430 41st Ave South, Unit 1
Minneapolis, MN
A 16 sq ft insulated coop with a 40 sq ft run built this summer by my fiancé Peter with a budget just over $400. Everything was DIY as we made up the design and basic structural details ourselves. Includes nesting box, 2 roosts and fits easily into our garden and the overall aesthetic of the house and yard. 

Note: This stop is only available from 10:00AM to 2:30PM.
Percy Coop
 N Terry McDaniel
5139 41st Ave. S.
Mpls MN
I love this coop. I designed it with everything I didn't have in my first coop. My flock of six friendly girls love it year around.  
McDaniel Coop
 O Emily Turner Baebenroth
5226 34th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
The Chicken Cabin - park in front and come straight to the back yard!
Turner Coop

 P Jeremy and Katie Schroeder
5732 14th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55417
We've had our five chickens for 2.5 years. We designed and built our coop ourselves, using a lot of repurposed materials from our attic, the Habitat ReStore and the cull lumber bin at Home Depot. This layout has been really functional for us and we designed wanting it to have curb appeal, knowing it would be seeing by everyone from the sidewalk! Our two young boys and all the kids in the neighborhood love feeding the chickens clover flowers and dandelions. Our chickens are the official mascot of Jeremy's Minneapolis City Council campaign!   
Schroeder Coop
 Q Rachel Wendorf
5629 1st Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
What started as a way to introduce a pet to our family, ended with 4 chickens and a beautiful city coop! Our chicken hotel was designed for easy maintenance and yard appeal for our flock of four hens of different breeds - we hope you enjoy it!  Wendorf Coop
 R Deborah Istre
5049 Emerson Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
We repurposed an old armoire found in the garage when we purchased our house 35 years ago! To make upkeep easy we had an automatic chicken door opener installed when we rebuilt the garage a couple years ago--that's when we became chicken owners. Comfy living for chickens and convenience for chickens keepers. 😊  
Istre Coop
 S Randy and Bridget Rau
5540 Colfax Ave South
Minneapolis, MN
Our four girls, Alice, Gertrude, Josephine and Mildred (named after our grandmothers) arrived in May 2016 and live happily in their backyard run and coop.  Come up the long driveway to the backyard and enjoy the garden as you go.  
Rau Coop
 T John Hink
5644 Emerson Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN
Custom Coop hosting 3 egg boxes and easily clean sliding bottom tray system. Attached to outdoor run with easy clean sand run area. Many other custom features make easy care for 6 spectacular hens including Salmon Faverolles & Golden Laced Wyandotte winners of MN State FAir BEst in Breed and last years silkie champion. Open 10-noon for guided tours.  
Hink Coop
 U The Illes Family
7026 Oliver Ave
Richfield, MN
Follow the signs to the backyard to see our coop!

What's Bumble-foot? Come and learn from our young expert.
Illes Coop
 V Julie Ann Hanks
6624 15th Ave S
Richfield, MN
We built this coop in 2011 for the 11 chicks my kids brought home from school. We designed the coop around the garden window which we have had facing south to provide them with as much sunlight as they need to produce delicious eggs. We are ready to pass it on, as well as the 2 hens still laying, if you are interested. It is insulated, vented, has electric ability (you just need to run an extension cord to it, remote thermometer, sweeter heater, 3 nesting boxes, watering container with water heater, in-coop light with red bulb, 25-35 degree F thermo cube, feed container and 2 roosts. There is a separate storage area at the back of the coop for feed storage. There are several recent and thorough discussions on the Twin Cities Chicken Google Group about moving coops. If you are interested in acquiring our coop, please stop by for a visit.

Hanks Coop
 W Carrie & Jason Frank
14347 210th St
Milaca, MN
Chicken Palace for Brahma Chickens.  
Frank Coop