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noun as in chicken

noun as in fowl

noun as in poultry

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That is not the case with egg-laying hens, which have been bred to put all their energy toward laying.

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In chickens, the hen controls whether the resulting chick is male or female.

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All the eggs produced by hens sexed with this technology are sold under the Respeggt brand, free from chick culling.

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File this under, “Sure, I’ll watch your hens,” said the fox.

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You can look at the number of hens laying eggs in this country.

He even claims that hen partridges conceive just by smelling the scent of males.

“[W]hen the going got tough, his economic team picked Wall Street,” Warren said.

He eventually brings his wife and children over, and later he manages a hen and rabbit farm.

He described her then as “a mother hen who took care of everyone.”

“[W]hen a novelist finds an audience, even a small one … the relation is based on recognition, not misunderstanding,” he writes.

Out of the darkening sky rang the twanging call of a night-hawk, and the cluck of a dozing hen sounded from the foliage overhead.

What can be prettier than a brood of chickens with a good motherly hen, like the one in this picture!

“Well, Hen knows how to kill snakes, but maybe she is a poor judge of character,” laughed Amy.

The storm hath passed;I hear the birds rejoice; the hen,Returned into the road again,Her cheerful notes repeats.

Their manner of talking has been compared to the clucking of a hen, and by the Dutch to the "gobbling of a turkeycock."


On this page you'll find 41 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to hen, such as: poultry, biddy, capon, chick, cock, and cockerel.

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