Thoughts of spring

It was 25 below at the store as the sun was coming up this morning, but we can tell chicken season – and spring - are just around the corner. Our Chickens 101 seminar, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 23, is just about filled. But don’t worry if you haven’t signed up for the February one. We will have another one in March.

We have also had people starting to ask about coops. Unfortunately, the snow still lies deep in the coop garden so we can’t show very much right now. But our coop builders are already hard at work on some new walk-in models and we think they’re going to be our best ones yet. We will have them on display just as soon as the glacier melts.

In other developments, we’ve seen heartening news from some nearby communities who are about to welcome chickens!

The Tomah City Council was scheduled to consider a chicken ordinance this week that would allow for up to five hens in a single family residence. The resolution requires an annual chicken license with a fee that would be set by the council.

Meanwhile, the Chicago suburb of Deerfield has made its pro-poultry ordinance permanent. Last year, Deerfield instituted a pilot Hen Keeping Program that allowed five households to keep up to four hens. The village now is moving to lift the number of flocks permitted and make other terms of the pilot program permanent. Applicants must notify neighbors, register with the Illinois Department of Agriculture and maintain a 10-foot setback.

With all this chicken talk happening, can spring chickens be far behind?