Chickens in fashion

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I’m reading a collection of essays by E.B. White, and went straight for his “The Hen (An Appreciation)”, written in 1944. He writes,”Chickens do not always enjoy an honorable position among city -bred people, although the egg, I notice, goes on and on. Right now the hen is in favor. The war has deified her, and she is the darling of the home front, feted at the conference tables, praised in every smoking car, her girlish ways and curious habits the topic of many an excited husbandryman to whom yesterday she was a stranger without honor or allure.” Yes, I’ve noticed that it’s the same now…there are a few people who want to talk ‘hen’, some just for the fun of it, but everybody appreciates the superior egg, which is no laughing matter.

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