brood hen

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n brood hen a domestic hen ready to brood
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Usage

In literature:

Emily can't do no more with them than an old hen with a brood of ducks.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1904" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The advertised story is a kind of mother-hen who gathers under her wings a numerous brood of biographical chicks.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864" by Various
She would be with them like a mother hen with a brood of ducks.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
The old hen heron is brooding.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
Why, it's finer than our parson's brood hen.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
The hen was frightened, and screamed, and spread out her wings over the little brood.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Yes, he would brood upon it like a sage hen, until he had hatched mischief.
"The Arrow-Maker" by Mary Austin
Sometimes ducks' eggs are placed under the hen, and she hatches out a brood of young ducks.
"Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors" by James Johonnot
Over at a distance was a hen with a brood of chickens, clucking her way along.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
The ducklings must be put on some grass, as otherwise the hens will scratch for food, and generally damage one or two of their brood.
"Wild Ducks" by W. Coape Oates
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In poetry:

'Twas seen he hammered striding legs,
And stopped, and strode again.
Now Vengeance has a brood of eggs,
But Patience must be hen.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
Just as a hen protects her brood
From birds of prey that seek their blood,
Under her feathers, so the Lord
Makes his own arm his people's guard.
"Psalm 91 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Within the shed where logs, late hewed,
Smell forest-sweet, and chips of wood
Make blurs of white and brown,
The brood-hen cuddles her warm brood
Of teetering down.
"Evening On The Farm" by Madison Julius Cawein
'She's quite too old for laying eggs,
Nay, even to make a soup of;
One only needs to see her legs,--
You might as well boil down the pegs
I made the brood-hen's coop of!
"Gold Egg: A Dream-Fantasy" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

File photo A brooding woodcock hen sits tight while being approached near Sterling in May 2005.
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In science:

Parental care behaviour declined linearly with brood age, showed a disruption of the hen-brood bond at week 6 post-hatching and was related to prolactin concentration according to a sigmoid function.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
Keywords: prolactin, hen-brood bond, post-hatching period, Anatidae. INTRODUCTION In birds, parental care behaviour is a key concept of parental investment.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
From these data it could be concluded that if prolactin is still involved in parental care after hatching in such species, plasma levels of prolactin should be correlated with the intensity of the hen-brood bond and be maintained above a threshold value.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
Hens were not separated from the brood for more than 10 minutes.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
If the hen is mainly involved in brood care, she will have less time to care about herself.
Post-hatching parental care behaviour and hormonal status in a precocial bird
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