broody hen

Definitions

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

In literature:

Let's get a stuffed broody hen to SIT on the magazine.
"The New Machiavelli" by Herbert George Wells
When a hen shows signs of broodiness remove her to the sitting-room.
"The Dollar Hen" by Milo M. Hastings
If we start with eggs, we shall have to buy or rent some broody hens to put on the eggs.
"Outdoor Sports and Games" by Claude H. Miller
It makes him broody, you know, like a hen.
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
The "broody" hen makes a good picture of instinct.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
Once the mind of the old squaw had laid an opinion, she would sit on it like a broody hen, till it went addled in her head.
"Dusty Star" by Olaf Baker
Because the broody hen makes a clucking noise, she is sometimes called a clucking hen.
"Our Domestic Birds" by John H. Robinson
This was a hutch in which she put broody hens when she wished to break up their desire to set.
"Carolyn of the Corners" by Ruth Belmore Endicott
Have a steady broody hen ready to take the eggs.
"Poultry" by Hugh Piper
In our domestic fowls we see that hens that never become broody lay a great deal more than others.
"Argentine Ornithology, Volume I (of 2)" by P. L. Sclater
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In news:

As of today, 16 have hatched , with plenty more eggs under broody hens.
) Two things come to mind: 1) The chicks in the eggs are creating enough heat that the hen doesn't need to sit right on them all the time, or 2) something is wrong with the broody hen and she's not going to pull off this hatch .
Pulling a warm egg from beneath a broody hen is a magical thing.
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