COMMENTARY by a Chicken-Hearted Resident

Two hens for every boy. (Photo: Stefanie Hadden)

Two hens for every boy. (Photo: Stefanie Hadden)

December 21, 2013

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Cape Charles resident Stefanie Hadden made the following presentation Thursday at the Town Council meeting.)

Hi friends and neighbors! Backyard chicken-keeping is a rewarding and educational activity. It is also harmless. Keeping a small number of hens on one’s private property, properly secured and cared for, is a forward-thinking win-win for the community. It is a perfect example of sustainable living, and an important counterpoint to inhumane industrial- scale poultry production.

Hens are friendly, curious and productive! They‘re quiet, clean, entertaining birds and make wonderful outdoor pets. They produce nutritious hormone and antibiotic-free eggs ($4.29 per doz. at the grocery!), keep yards free of ticks and other insect pests, and provide excellent garden fertilizer in the form of their composted droppings.

Did you know the average dog produces 12 ounces of waste per day, where a hen produces a mere 1.5 ounces? [Read more…]


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Last minute Christmas request — please help! We know of a very poor man in Cheriton who needs a comforter. He currently has no electricity or running water and collects cans to keep his kerosene heater on. [Read more…]