Jenive Isaac’s third-graders wanted to give the best care possible to chickens living in their campus “Hula Coop” so they applied for an EcoRise Eco-Audit Grant to improve their chickens’ health and the sustainability of the coop. They used the awarded funds to purchase a rodent-proof chicken feed dispenser. Next, they built special raised beds called “chicken frames,” which grow grasses and grains for chickens to eat but prevent them from destroying the roots. Finally, they purchased a “chicken tractor,” or a portable chicken run that allows the chickens to be safely taken out to a large grassy field where they can forage for bugs and plants. Students expect their happy and healthy chickens to lay more than 2,500 high quality eggs per year.

Grant Award



Davis Elementary


Austin, TX

Area of Impact



City of Austin Office of Sustainability

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