Let me see if I have this straight: The Census Bureau says the poverty rate in the District is 18.7 percent and the child poverty rate is 30.3 percent. A Post report in September noted that this means “the raw number of District residents in poverty in 2011 [is] . . . about 110,000, including about 31,000 children.”

Presumably many of these disadvantaged people don’t have the luxury of “shelter and three squares a day,” unlike Hanz, the rooster discussed in the Nov. 24 front-page article “Roosters far down in the pecking order.” Yet, we can’t quite figure out what to do with the excess rooster population?

This situation strikes me as “birdbrained,” to say the least.

Anna Giovinetto, Superior, Colo.

When I was a child, we had chickens. Hens were for eggs, roosters to eat. They are not dogs or cats, so what is the problem?

Frank McGilvrey, Annapolis