Chicken Coop Tour 2009


2nd Annual Local Chicken Coop Tour

Going into the hen house

Chicken coop at Red Gate Farm in Buckland, MA. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

On Sunday, April 19th, 2009, spend an afternoon in the hilltowns and Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts visiting local coops and the chickens that lay in them. Learn from Pioneer Valley Backyard Chicken Association (PVBCA) hobbyists and farmers how they made their coops and chicken tractors, and how they keep them safe from predators.

General topics will be discussed, including:

  • nest boxes
  • egg production
  • perches
  • light
  • winter concerns
  • outdoor runs
  • breeds

Stops on the tour will include 7 different backyards and farms in Hatfield, Florence, Easthampton, and Chesterfield. Expect lots of useful ideas and even more inspiration. Children welcome. (But no dogs please.) Carpooling appreciated. FREE.

2009 Coop Tour Schedule: 12 pm to 5:30 pm (tour stop addresses can be found below):

  • 12:00-12:30 Pam (Hatfield, MA)
  • 12:45-1:15 Sarah & Tom (Hatfield, MA)
  • 1:30-2:00 Tracey (Florence, MA)
  • 2:15-2:45 Suna & Ben (Florence, MA/Bay State)
  • 3:00-3:30 Adele @ Rocky Hill Co-housing (Florence, MA)
  • 3:45-4:15 Jim @ Park Hill Orchard (Easthampton, MA)
  • 4:45-5:15 Crabapple Farm (Chesterfield, MA)

Sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Backyard Chicken Association.

Chicken Coop Tour 2008

Local Chicken Coop Tour 08

Backyard Chickens - (c) Sienna Wildfield

Backyard Chickens - (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

(Editor note: The 2009 coop tour will be happening April 19th, 2009.  Click HERE for details.)

Has your family been thinking about getting chickens but you’re not sure how to house them? There is a chicken coop tour scheduled on Sunday, July 13th, from 11am-4:30pm to discover how other families in Hatfield, Northampton and Florence are housing their flocks. Organized by the The Pioneer Valley Backyard Chicken Association. [All Ages] (Free)


  1. 11 – 11:30 am
    Sarah & Tom Rossmassler
    100 Main Street, Hatfield
    # of years you have kept chickens: <1
    # of chickens you currently have: 7
    Breeds: Mix (2); Barred Rock (1); Rhode Island Red (4)
    Description of coop/run or chicken tractor: We have a 3′ x 6′ interior coop area which is mostly insulated and has four windows and a mesh floor. Also a fenced in run which is also covered by a roof with a door to exterior. The whole thing lifts like a wheelbarrow and can be moved.
    Why you have a backyard flock: To help us out with an overall goal of being self-sufficient; education for us and our kids; curiosity and interest in farming; and mostly, because it’s fun!
    Favorite chicken resource: Story’s How to Raise Chickens Read the rest of this entry »

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