Blue Booties, Hot Wheels and Christmas Decorations….

Tour de Coops

All three of these items played a part in how I spent my Saturday.  As I mentioned in previous posts, I spent Saturday over at Double S Farms which was one of the stops featured in the second annual Tour de Coops, which is a tour of chicken coops along with some vegetable gardens.

Okay, for the first item on my list – blue booties.  As you drove up to Double S Farms, you were greeted by the following sign…..

Blue Booties

All visitors had to put on blue booties and clean their hands before entering.  This was because it is easy to accidentally carry diseases from one farm to the other.

Blue Booties

As you can see, there were quite a few booties ready for visitors to put on.

Tour de Coops

There were so many visitors that day.  Well over 100 people came throughout the day.  Most were considering raising chickens and asked my sister, Chicken Farmer, many questions.

Tour de Coops

Some visitors already had chickens but were interested in seeing how others raised theirs.  I was so impressed about how much my sister knew about raising chickens in such a short amount of time.  It was just this past February that her chicks arrived in the mail.

**The pine cones were left there by some little visitors.

I don’t think that the chickens were too excited about all of the extra attention though.

Tour de Coops

Flo took longer than usual to lay her egg because people kept looking in at her.

The other chickens came up to visit us on the patio where we were sitting.

Tour de Coops

Lucy was looking around for some crumbs to eat while Effie was interested in the camera on the table…..

Tour de Coops

Both Lucy and Effie are ‘Easter-Eggers’ which means that they lay light blue eggs.  Flo lays brown eggs.  Effie was not looking her best that day because she was molting.

As the day went on, the second item in my list came into play – Hot Wheels.  While my sister and brother-in-law were kept busy answering questions about raising chickens, I had fun playing with my nephews.  

Little Farmer

Little Farmer absolutely LOVES playing with his Hot Wheels cars.  He carries some of them around in a plastic toolbox.  He was kind enough to lend me some so that I could play with both him and Littlest Farmer…..

**By the way….a great Christmas gift for the little boy on your list would be an inexpensive plastic toolbox with some Hot Wheels inside 🙂

Little Farmer

**Note to self… not leave your knitting out around a darling two-old…..they like to pull out your knitting needles 😉

I had a great time playing with the boys but I did have the chance to answer some questions about the vegetable garden….


The garden is covered in bird netting to help keep the chickens out – they love vegetables.  The garden is full of all different types of lettuce right now.

**Notice Little Farmer is holding a piece of wood he found on the ground?  Why is it that boys love to find bits of wood and carry them around?  It doesn’t really matter what the reason is, I was just wondering 🙂


Among the lettuce and young broccoli plants were Marigolds which drew quite a bit of attention from the visitors.  I explained that the flowers were not planted for looks, but actually help to keep harmful insects away from the vegetables.

So far, we were all having a great day, except for Soda….


She was not allowed outside to visit.  I’m sure she would have loved to and was thinking that she could persuade some of the visitors to throw her a ball.

 Some smaller people came over to visit the chickens as well along with their parents…..

Tour de Coops

My mother, Pastor Farmer, had fun showing these boys the chickens inside of the coop.  The boys were dying to collect some eggs and so she sent them each home with an egg.

The boys also spent a little time playing with my nephews…..

Double S Farms

You know what?  There is just something so cute about a little boy in a cowboy hat and blue booties.

 Some of the neighbors were also interested in what was going on….

Double S Farms
Double S Farms

The chickens were a bit shy at times being the center of attention, choosing to hide behind the Texas Sage shrubs…..

Tour de Coops

I had a wonderful time on Saturday and after I left, I spent some time finishing decorating my house for Christmas.  Which leads me to the last item:

Have you finished decorating your house for Christmas?

The chickens have…..

Tour de Coops
Double S Farms
Double S Farms

I hope you all have a wonderful week and hopefully you have finished your decorating for the holidays 🙂

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."
8 replies
  1. Shady Gardener
    Shady Gardener says:

    You always provide such interesting posts. I'd never heard of the use of blue booties… but then, there's now an understanding of the need for caution. What a fun day! 🙂 Enjoy these next weeks before Christmas!

  2. Rose
    Rose says:

    What a delightful day, Noelle! How nice that the chickens get to have a festive Christmas look to their coops, too. I laughed at the comments about little boys and pieces of wood–my youngest grandson is always picking up sticks and carrying them around here. The only problem is that Sophie thinks he's going to play with her and steals them away from him:)

  3. Alice Joyce
    Alice Joyce says:

    Hi Noelle,
    Cool shots and a great visit – love the sound of 'Tour de Coops' !!
    I don't know why I've not been seeing your posts in my Blotanical faves lately. It's where I most often try to keep up with blogs if I can't make a special trip to my 'google reader;~D
    Happy holiday wishes, xoxo

  4. Curbstone Valley Farm
    Curbstone Valley Farm says:

    Glad to see the biosecurity measures at the farm. We keep boots here strictly for the coops and pens, that aren't worn off the property. It's so easy to accidentally transfer pathogens from one farm to another. It looks like it was a fun day for all, well, maybe except for the chickens 😛 Haven't finished decorating for our fowl yet, but hopefully by the end of the week!

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