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Tour de Coops vol. 1 (Slideshow) 

A few hundred people - most on bike - gathered at Broad Ripple Park and ventured forth in the surrounding neighborhoods to check out backyard chicken coops and their denizens.
Broad Ripple Park served as the launching point. Proceeds for the day benefited Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and IndyCog.
Even the occasional canine enjoyed the coops.
This little gal found plenty to eat in the flowerbeds.
Bicycle enthusiasts and backyard farmers both take an interest in sustainability in Indy.
This hen and another enjoyed frolicking in a fresh bath of dirt.
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This home's movable coops ensure that all parts of the yard receive fresh fertilizer without being over-pecked by the hens.
Like domestic cats, some domestic hens enjoy human attention.
The Tour de Coops was sponsored by many Indy institutions such as Big Car.
Made fresh daily, the backyard eggs taste better than store-bought, according to the coop caretakers.
Many yards featured unique design elements such as repurposed materials and native plants.
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Though it was a beautiful day for a bike ride and chicken coop tour, this hen chose to stay inside.
Some hens were confined to their coops and small runs - others had the run of the yard.
We aren't sure if Jerry Garcia kept chickens, but his visage keeps watch over some in this Broad Ripple coop.
Backyard coop caretakers were happy to share their experiences with visitors.
This chicken laid her egg and began to care for it in front of the camera.
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This coop, one of the largest on the tour, featured enclosed runs so chickens could venture throughout the native-plant-based garden.
In addition to a large coop and native Indiana plants, the yard also featured a large pond featuring koi and tadpoles.
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Broad Ripple Park served as the launching point. Proceeds for the day benefited Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and IndyCog.
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