Hundreds turn out in Wake County to tour chicken coops, help those in need

One of the chicken coops featured on the Tour D'Coop.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Hundreds of people toured chicken coops in Wake County on Saturday where they learned about coops and how to raise chickens, all while helping those in need.

About a thousand people were expected to take part in the 12th annual Tour D’Coop. It’s a self-guided tour of 21 urban chicken coops, plus gardens and beehives.

Organizers said some of the tourists are just curious; others want to start up a coop of their own.

CBS North Carolina’s Justin Quesinberry talked with some kids in attendance who said they hope to one day raise chickens. The kids also said they learned new information in addition to what they already love about chickens and eggs.

The best part about chickens, according to 9-year-old Maddux Jordan?

“First of all, fresh eggs, because I really like eggs in the morning,” she said.

Ellis Jordan, 6, chimed in and confirmed that her sister Maddux can definitely cook eggs.

Sarah Fischer said she loves chickens.

“I think chickens are very soft and cute and fun to play with,” she said.

Tour D’Coop benefits Urban Ministries of Wake County through ticket sales. Organizers said the event also brings awareness.

They said most people only think to donate canned items, but they also take fresh chicken eggs, as well as fruits and vegetables.

The organization serves 27,000 people each year.

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