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I'm sure the readers of The Free Lance-Star have already established their own opinions of the backyard chicken issue in Fredericksburg. But for the sake of accuracy in the future archives of your newspaper, may I please set the record straight on one biological point?
I'm sure the grandmother of Robert Gill, who wrote the Sept. 12 letter ["Let cocks crow in already-awake Spotsylvania"], was no dumb-cluck. But, scientifically, she was very mistaken in her pronouncement that hens need the company of a rooster in order to produce eggs on a regular basis.
If I may be indelicate, that is akin
Grandma was correct that hens
The August issue of Southern Living magazine featured an article on backyard chicken-keeping, revealing that persons as enlightened as an editor in Dallas and an architect in Atlanta are among the growing number of intelligent thinkers who are keeping chickens in their city and suburban yards for health, economy, a connection with nature, and for fun. And they don't need roosters!