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Foghorn Leghorn in the Yard; Weekend Reading

"Lookit here son, I say son, did ya see that hawk after those hens? He scared 'em! That Rhode Island Red turned white. Then blue. Rhode Island. Red, white, and blue. That's a joke, son."--Foghorn Leghorn

I know this will draw clucks from folks who think I'm not nearly as earthy as I ought to be, but I'm glad there aren't chickens roosting in my inside-the-Beltway neighborhood. The story about backyard poultry in Thursday's Post was fascinating. And I've been charmed to see chickens wandering around loose in Key West and Hawaii. But I don't live there. Neighbors (not mine, of course--I wouldn't want to ruffle any feathers close to home) already squawk about dogs taking their daily constitutionals and about the propensity of outdoor cats to hunt songbirds. People even get worked up about clotheslines. Chickens? I figure if your neighbors are close enough to know you're keeping them, then you probably shouldn't have them.

Coming in the Saturday Real Estate section:
Why would people of modest means pass up the chance to buy a condo unit that was rehabbed with the help of taxpayer money, and which is available only to those with low or moderate incomes? Because some of the non-subsidized alternatives are cheaper, Mara Lee reports. Also, Terri Rupar reviews things you should consider before undertaking the costly job of replacing old windows.

Today is Chat day. Tune in at 1 p.m. to participate in the live chat with the Post's Real Estate Editor, Maryann Haggerty, and myself. Submit a question or comment early if you just can't wait!

The Weekend Poll

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  May 15, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Buying , Funny , Home features , Outdoors , Remodeling and repair , Weekend Poll  
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