Definition of Broody hen

1. Noun. A domestic hen ready to brood.

Exact synonyms: Brood Hen, Broody, Setting Hen, Sitter
Generic synonyms: Biddy, Hen



Lexicographical Neighbors of Broody Hen

broodies
broodiest
broodily
broodiness
broodinesses
brooding
broodingly
broodings
broodless
broodmare
broodmares
broods
broodstocks
broody
broody hen (current term)
brook lamprey
brook lampreys
brook mint
brook thistle
brook trout
brook trouts
brooked
brookie
brookies
brooking
brookite
brookites
brooklet

Literary usage of Broody hen

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Productive Poultry Husbandry: A Complete Text Dealing with the Principles by Harry Reynolds Lewis (1913)
"Several signs will enable one to pick out the broody hen. ... The non-broody hen will leave immediately after laying and is easily disturbed when she is ..."

2. Cyclopedia of American Agriculture: A Popular Survey of Agricultural by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1908)
"A broody hen needs less food than at any other time of her life. ... The broody hen should be fed with a view to inducing egg-production in the shortest ..."

3. Journal of Horticulture, Cottage Gardener and Country Gentlemen (1875)
"We conclude it is in consequence of this great demand for sitting hens, which increases yearly, that the " broody hen trade " as we will term it, ..."

4. The Book of Poultry by Lewis Wright (1885)
"Tying a red rag round the' tail is a more innocent and often effectual way of " breaking up " a broody hen ; but where the extent of the inconvenience is ..."

5. Seraphim Trilogy Book One; What the Herald Angel Sang by Teralee E. M. Bird (2004)
"He climbed down the two ladders from his perch, took a lightning quick leak in the manure channel, flew past the broody hen that tried pecking his speeding ..."

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