Started in 2013 by two bird brained friends, The Galveston Island Chicken Shack Strut is a one-day self-guided tour of coastal chicken coops, hen houses, mobile tractors, and crazy shacks. Open to adults & kids (everyone!), the tour showcases island chickens and their keepers, and demonstrates how more and more city folk are incorporating chickens into their yards and lifestyles. Visitors can talk to hosts about coops, feed, breeds, costs and their experiences raising healthy chickens in an urban environment as well as ask plenty of questions! The Galveston Island Chicken Shack Strut is always rain or shine event; fowl weather can’t stop, won’t stop the tour!
Tickets: Ticket sales start about 10 days before the date of the tour and are sold exclusively at The Kitchen Chick, located at 528 23rd Street. Tickets: Adults $8/each; Youth (6-12 years) $4; Kids 5 years & under free!
Beneficiary: Proceeds from the tour benefit the Seawall Interpretive Trail (SIT) beautification program lead by Artist Boat, a Galveston non-profit organization dedicated to integrating the arts and sciences for exploration and appreciation of coastal habitats. Ultimately all 60 benches along the length of the island’s Seawall will be transformed through this educational project.
How to Participate: Organizers are always looking for enthusiastic chicken-keepers who would like to open their yards to visitors! Coops don’t have to be eggstravagant! Whether the coop is a castle or cobbled together with recycled materials, consider having your hen house on the tour! We also need volunteers to greet ticket holders the day of the tour at each of the stops. Tour sponsors are also sought at $100, $250 and $500 levels.
Galveston: Keeping chickens is permissible within Galveston’s city limits. In recent years, more and more islanders are raising chickens at home, often integrated with backyard gardens, compost systems, beehives, and other elements of urban food production.
Contact: For more information about becoming a Galveston Island Chicken Shack Strut tour stop, enthusiastic volunteer or valued sponsor please call 409-497-2999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.