• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Hen-house a house, coop, or shelter for fowls
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  • Scottish Proverb
    Scottish Proverb
    “It's a sad house where the hen crows louder than the cock.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. henn—hana, a cock; Ger. hahn, fem. henne.


In literature:

Then he would go out in front of the hen-house and crow three or four times.
"Bobby of Cloverfield Farm" by Helen Fuller Orton
I looked into his hen-house when I bought him out, and found it all in sad condition.
"Stuyvesant" by Jacob Abbott
But the little pigs slept in the hen-house for the rest of the night, and the next day they had a stout log roof built over their heads.
"Harper's Young People, April 20, 1880" by Various
There may be eggs in the hen-house, but we can't get at them.
"A Dear Little Girl at School" by Amy E. Blanchard
Feed them near the hen-house, and give them a little meat in the evening, to accustom them to roosting there.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
If she talked much she should weep, she felt; but she showed her father her hens and hen-house before they started on again.
"The Carroll Girls" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
Sompen's in de hen-house, killin' all de fowls.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
I often read inquiries about the best plan for building hen houses.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 4, January 26, 1884" by Various
I wrote ma that all the old hens in his house were his cousins, and I spoke of his wife.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
Dan's hen-houses were located at the rear of his property, and had been built from a collection of dry-goods boxes.
"Captain Pott's Minister" by Francis L. Cooper
The crowing came from the hen-house.
"Absolution" by Clara Viebig
The expensive hen-houses and artificial nests are mostly humbugs.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
I remarked to the hen, that she would better keep on awhile longer, and I would take the seven into the house, and provide for them.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 92, June, 1865" by Various
You find me a speck o' dust or a spot o' dirt round our house and I'll find you a blue hen.
"The Wooing of Calvin Parks" by Laura E. Richards
He softly imitated a coyote and the sleepy inmates of the hen house burst into a frightened chorus.
"Bring Me His Ears" by Clarence E. Mulford
If the hen turns toward the corner of the house, it is considered a good omen, and all is well.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
It is rather like the little sliding-door in the big door of a hen-house.
"The Wouldbegoods" by E. Nesbit
We reached the hen-house, and contemplated the banner of freedom lying ready to flaunt the breezes at the supreme moment.
"The Golden Age" by Kenneth Grahame
You couldn't hear yourself think in Madam Land's hen-house.
"What Happened to Inger Johanne" by Dikken Zwilgmeyer
But nothing unpleasant happened, and by and by they came to the hen-house.
"Puss Junior and Robinson Crusoe" by David Cory

In poetry:

Ere ever the moor-hens wake
And the wild duck come in,
The birds are about the house
With a long call and thin.
"Wings In The Night " by Katharine Tynan
Philemon found the rede was good,
And, turning on the poor hen,
He clapt his hands, and stamped, and shooed,
Hunting the exile tow'rd the wood,
To house with snipe and moorhen.
"Gold Egg: A Dream-Fantasy" by James Russell Lowell
senators by not thinking about them. The
place has a school-house, a post-office in a
store, fish-houses, hen-houses, a three-masted schooner on
the stocks. The hero, the student,
the steeple-jack, each in his way,
is at home.
"The Steeple-Jack" by Marianne Moore
Now that my hens are well and snugly housed,
And given cosy nests in which to lay, It seems, their gratitude has been aroused:
Our egg supply increases ev'ry day.
And yet, I vow, when I their house designed No sordid thought of eggs was in my mind.
"The Builders" by C J Dennis

In news:

North Carolina high schoolers take on a creating a sustainable small-scale housing solution—for hens.
Hen House Lawsuit Settled, For Now.
Commissioners Uphold Hen House Decision.
Delta Commissioners Long Overdue on Hen House Decision.
Neiman Marcus holiday catalog offers hen house .
Hen advocates for the homeless pitched nine tents in Lafayette Park across from the White House in 1981, they also set up a complicated constitutional question involving free speech and government regulation.
Dennis Smith is the fox guarding the health care hen house.
Are Digital Foxes Guarding the Web's Privacy Hen House.
FOOD INDUSTRY INNOVATOR--Dale Micheli (left), CHB LLC president, Ft. Presents a Food Industry Innovator Recognition to Jon Wissman, Hen House Markets director of meat operations.
When I was growing up we had a hen house with four hens.
The council voted 6-1 to allow 25 single- or two-family homes to house up to four hens for two years as part of the backyard urban chicken program.
Waldo won't be getting a new Hen House grocery store after all.
Rhodes says the plaintiffs have until mid-November to file another complaint based on the county's recent decision upholding their approval of the hens houses.
Hen House Lawsuit Settled, For Now.
The Hen House in east Redding serves it up nice and friendly.