This November 3, 2008 photo shows a laying hen strolling by a frost-damaged stand of hostas on a residential property near rural New Market, Va. Chickens like to scratch and peck while ranging freely about the yard. While that may provide a wide array of food for the birds, it could destroy gardens, especially when the plants are small and are at their most sensitive state. (AP Photo/Dean Fosdick)

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This November 3, 2008 photo shows a laying hen strolling by a frost-damaged stand of hostas on a residential property near rural New Market, Va. Chickens like to scratch and peck while ranging freely about the yard. While that may provide a wide array of food for the birds, it could destroy gardens, especially when the plants are small and are at their most sensitive state. (AP Photo/Dean Fosdick)
This November 3, 2008 photo shows a laying hen strolling by a frost-damaged stand of hostas on a residential property near rural New Market, Va. Chickens like to scratch and peck while ranging freely about the yard. While that may provide a wide array of food for the birds, it could destroy gardens, especially when the plants are small and are at their most sensitive state. (AP Photo/Dean Fosdick)
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