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Have you hugged your chicken today?

This story is not about just ordinary chickens, their friend and owner, and the eggs they present. This is about six very fortunate chickens, Saphire, Lena, Lucy, Henrietta, Lilly and Elsie, and their friend and caretaker Stacy Turner.

Stacy, who is from California but came to Virginia at an early age because her family was from the Old Dominion, is not a farm girl and never has been, but her husband Wayne grew up on a farm. With his experience, they decided to raise a few hens.

The Turners have been coming to Mathews on a part-time basis for 17 years but have resided full-time at Sanctuary for seven years. They settled into their home on Stutts Creek in the Redart area.

The chicken is a fowl that was domesticated about 8,000 years ago; but what these six chicken ladies reside in cannot be called a coop. A house maybe, but a home named Le Poulet Hotel describes it much better. Their roosting room and laying quarter’s wall is attractively decorated with appropriate wooden ...

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