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n. pl. hens-and-chick·ens (hĕnz′-)
Any of several plants producing runners or offshoots, especially rosette-forming succulents in the family Crassulaceae such as the houseleek.


n, pl hens-and-chickens
(Plants) (functioning as singular or plural) any of several plants, such as the houseleek and ground ivy, that produce many offsets or runners


n., pl. hens-and-chickens.
any of several succulent plants of the stonecrop family, esp. of the genus Sempervivum, that grow in clusters formed by runners or offshoots.
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If you keep your birds confined, you may want to keep the hen and chicks in a second pen until the chicks are larger and less vulnerable to harassment from other hens.
Providing young (and not so young!) readers with a "user friendly" introduction to the inexpensive, fun and artistic pastime of fancy paper cutting, Grandma's Magic Scissors carefully guides the reader through cutting out such designs as The Monkeys and the Crocodile; Praying Parents; and Little Red Hen and Chicks, to Mice; Three Billy Goats Gruff; and Hearts with Bunnies.