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New Hampshire Red roams State House hallways

  • A rooster is shown in a hallway of the New Hampshire State House on Wednesday. 

  • New Hampshire politics took a turn for the surreal on Wednesday, the day before the Fourth of July, when a rooster spent the day in the State House. Ethan DeWitt photos / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 7/3/2019 5:07:28 PM

Sometimes it takes a lot to break the tedium of post-session State House life. Sometimes it takes a chicken.

“E. Maude Chickenson” was taken in by legislative staffers Wednesday after Department of Administrative Services employees found it abandoned on the State House lawn. The rooster, likely a New Hampshire Red – the state’s official poultry – was found left alone with a bag of food outside the building doors, according to Senate staff.

E. Maude, named for New Hampshire’s first female state Sen. E. Maude Fowler, elected in 1931, enjoyed a day roaming the halls and courtyards of power. The rooster was taken home by a Senate staff-person Wednesday afternoon for a new life on a Hopkinton farm.

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