setting hen


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Noun1.setting hen - a domestic hen ready to brood
biddy, hen - adult female chicken
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I am a real passenger now, and down there I felt like our setting hen when we shut her up in a coop.
In the dark days of the Depression, in the year 1933, my dad worked all day on a farm for one setting hen and 13 eggs.
Some of the formations are named for obvious reasons: Battleship Rock does indeed look like a massive--albeit rusty--ship mired in dry dock, and Setting Hen is a knockoff of a roosting fowl.
Although the incubator is popular with people who are concerned about hens transmitting disease organisms to chicks, one university study came to the conclusion that the machine-incubated chicks are "socially deprived", since the baby birds missed communicating with the setting hen in the last two days before the hatch.
Our first setting hen experience turned out rather lukewarm as our proud Rhode Island Red hatched two frail chicks out of a dozen or so eggs.