Outdoors

The Adventure: Tour Davis' chicken coops on two wheels

What: Tour de Cluck, a self-guided bicycle tour of chicken coops in Davis, plus educational exhibits, chicken-themed art, food and a "Courage to Cluck" event where local politicians and residents will stretch their vocal cords to produce their best clucks.

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 22

How to get there: The tour begins at the Davis Farmers Market near Third and C streets. From Sacramento, take Interstate 80 west to Davis and exit at Richards Boulevard east. Head to C Street and turn right.

The organizers say: "Chickens are in right now," said Jacqueline Clemens, the tour coordinator. She sees a growth in backyard chicken-keeping as part of the local-food movement. "And chickens are hysterically funny."

Tour de Cluck aims to promote healthful eating while raising funds for the Davis Farm to School Connection. The group has been able to make Davis school lunches more nutritious, with a large proportion of locally grown foods.

The tour will cover 16 chicken coops in Davis, where residents may keep up to six chickens. "Each coop has unique features and solutions that will be interesting to people who have chickens and to those who don't," Clemens said. Experts along the route will answer questions about maintaining a healthy chicken coop.

Admission: Tickets are limited and advance purchase is required; $15 general; $10 for ages 65 and over, and students ages 11 and older; free for younger children. For tickets, go to www.davisfarmtoschool.org or these Davis locations: Davis Food Co-Op (620 G St.), Hibbert Lumber (500 G St.) and the Avid Reader (617 Second St.).

Information: www.davisfarmtoschool.org or (530) 758-5005.

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