mother hen

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mother hen

n.
A person who fusses over others in an overprotective manner.

moth′er hen′


n.
a person who attends to the welfare of others, esp. one who is fussily protective.
[1950–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mother hen - a person who cares for the needs of others (especially in an overprotective or interfering way)mother hen - a person who cares for the needs of others (especially in an overprotective or interfering way)
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
2.mother hen - a hen with chicks
biddy, hen - adult female chicken
Translations
kotlóstyúkanyó
References in classic literature ?
Nobody was at home, but Daylight dismounted and ranged the vegetable garden, eating strawberries and green peas, inspecting the old adobe barn and the rusty plough and harrow, and rolling and smoking cigarettes while he watched the antics of several broods of young chickens and the mother hens. A foottrail that led down the wall of the big canyon invited him, and he proceeded to follow it.
Some people transfer the mother and babies to the main henhouse right away, but mother hens aren't always good at protecting their chicks, and if you have a henhouse that's raised off the ground, chicks may fall off the house ramp and die.
Manufactured feeds and mail-order chicks scarcely fit earlier models for sustainable home flocks, which were historically managed as scavengers of free natural feeds, and in which replacement birds were the spontaneous gift of "broodiness," or a mother hens instinct to hatch eggs--a trait that has been deliberately bred out of modern breeds.
Even so, the "mother hens" might still put the birds under cover on very cold wet days!
Tall weeping willows watch over the site, Giving shelter by day and roosting at night, Like giant mother hens, with branches that keep, Their perching brood safe as at night time they sleep.
A number of controlled procedures were carried out which involved ruffling the feathers of chicks and mother hens with an air puff.
A new study has uncovered, for the first time, that mother hens are such attentive, caring parents that they 'feel' their chicks' pain.
Fluffy little chicks would hatch out three weeks later, the broods venturing onto Cae Cefn following the mother hens. And Arthur would have to feed the chicks four times a day on stale bread crumbs broken mixed with finely chopped up hard-boiled eggs.
You would miss The robin, wren and song thrush also in a chorus mood You would miss As mother hens and ducks parade their little brood You would miss The new born lambs which gambol on the farm You would miss Delighting in the daffodils, now the wind is calm You would miss The bluebell wood as it takes on its stunning hue You would miss High in new dressed branches, the dove's bill and coo You would miss The blossom on the trees, some only last a week You would miss The smell of fresh cut grass, fragrance at its peak You would miss The sun getting warmer as nature grows in leaps You would miss Taking pleasure, in once a year amazing treats by Irene Marmion, Ormskirk.
If chickens are given a large dose of oestrogen, they do not produce eggs and become "mother hens;" they put on fat and protein more quickly and become suitable for roasting or barbecuing.
"All the keepers are like clucking mother hens, wanting everything to be all right.