It's spring. Really.

The thermometer read -12 degrees at our house this morning and the snowdrifts were sculpted into fantastic overhangs and ridges on the roadsides and along our driveway. It hardly felt like it warmed up at all, but Tuesday is officially spring at CLUCK the Chicken Store. Or at least it's the day we go back to our normal spring-summer-fall hours. From now on we will be open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm. We're closed Mondays.

We have chicks in the brooder and a brand new coop in front of the store. The feed pallets are piled high with chick starter and all manner of things for nurturing new life. Now we just have to wait for the weather to catch up to the season.

Even the conversation in the store has changed. For weeks, we have been talking about how our chickens are doing in the winter and how to keep them warm enough. Now, people are crowing about how many eggs they are getting and how their hens seem to be responding to the return of the sun. It may not feel much like spring to those of us who are so weary of sub-zero temperatures and drifting snow, but the chickens know that the good times are coming soon.

Listen to your chickens.