A self-guided tour of North Fork hen houses is being planned for Saturday, June 27, 2015, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., to raise awareness of backyard poultry, celebrate hometown hen houses and share enthusiasm for raising chickens, ducks and poultry.
For the self-guided tour, visitors will be given a map with directions to each of the locations from which they can pick and choose the places they want to visit.
Participants will pick up their maps at Cornell University’s Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center at 3059 Sound Avenue in Riverhead. Maps cost $5 each (to pay for the printing of maps and advertising costs).
Expect 12 to 14 locations to choose from for your visit. In Riverhead, some of the stops on the tour include a small family-run farm that sells eggs and chickens all year, a supplier of baby chicks, a farm raising chickens organically and families who raise chickens for the fresh eggs. In Southold, the heart of the North Fork farm country, you can visit a bed and breakfast, a homeowner who has built a hen house with a green roof, a goat farm that also raises chickens, a family farm with a barnyard adventure, and more families who raise chickens for fun and fresh eggs.
The interest in raising backyard chickens has exploded in the past 10 years, and the East End of Long Island has its share of beautiful chickens. This Hen House Tour is being organized to celebrate hometown chickens and to demonstrate how rewarding it is as an earth-friendly practice that supports living a sustainable lifestyle.
If you would like to participate on the tour, or if you have a hen house that you are especially proud of and are willing to be one of the sites on the tour, please call 631.727.3595 or e-mail [email protected]