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Egging on a food reform

Local interest in chickens growing

Paul and Karen Benoit’s chickens become very attentive whenever anyone even approaches the converted shed they live in. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
March 22, 2011
For many people, the closest they've come to chickens is seeing legs and breasts wrapped in plastic.

That's changing.

Years ago, it was common for households, even in town, to keep a few in the backyard, and the cost of food and fuel seems to be bringing that back again.

Paul and Karen Benoit of Southbridge are a good example. About two years ago, they resumed keeping chickens for eggs after a years-long hiatus, and are now considering adding some for meat.

"We wanted to let the chickens free-range, so we'd know what they were eating," Karen Benoit said, noting they use no chemicals on their property.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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