I’ll be the first to admit that my idea of a Rocky Mountain high is a little…different. I totally geek out on goats and my heart races at the sight of a Booted Bantam chicken.

Sunset

 By Laurel Miller

Chickens at Sunset

I’ll be the first to admit that my idea of a Rocky Mountain high is a little…different. I totally geek out on goats and my heart races at the sight of a Booted Bantam chicken.

Since I live in crunchy, locavore-centric Boulder, I'm in a region of kindred spirits: keepers of backyard birds and bees, and cultivators of the soil. What better place for actual and would-be micro-farmers like myself to hobnob than at Denver Urban Homesteading’s monthly chicken swap.

Courtesy of Denver Urban Homesteading

It’s less an “exchange,” than a Poultrypalooza of purchasable domestic and farmed game birds. There are classes on basic birdkeeping, and you can buy feed and equipment. For a small fee ***vegetarians, look away***they’ll even “recycle” retired laying hens for you.

If you’re in need of even more avian awesomeness, you’ll be wanting DUH’s 2013 Chicken Coop Tour calendar, available from their Web site.

Courtesy of Denver Urban Homesteading

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