A bittersweet farewell to Frank M. Reid at Bethel AME

Perdue Farms

Do chickens like music?

Do chickens like music?

Several years ago, I was on a statewide tour of Maryland businesses when our bus stopped to visit a poultry farm on the Eastern Shore. As we drove onto the farm, we saw a traditional-looking farmhouse dwarfed by three chicken houses — long windowless buildings that looked like Quonset huts and were estimated to be 25,000 square feet each.

The bus pulled up to the first chicken house, and the group of business leaders taking the tour hopped out and donned sterile shoe covers and lab coats before stepping from the bright sunshine into the dark chicken house, where chicks a few days old moved around in a clean and odor-free space. It was apparent that the chicken-growing...