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Any idea where that saying came from?  I'm curious because I've been watching my hens out in the rain, and they don't seem to be very angry about it. lol.png

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Had a quick look on the internet and came across this:

 

'"Madder than a wet hen" probably originated in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Supposedly, chickens get angry if they get dumped in water'

 

I'd be angry too if I was "dumped" in water!  One of my chickens doesn't mind the rain (in fact I wrote about this on my blog only today), but most of them prefer to take shelter. 

 

 

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“Mucky Cluckers – Tales from the hen run” e-book is at http://amzn.to/xT4DkE   A humorous look at chicken keeping and what they don’t tell you in the “How to” books.

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Most of my hens are fine in rain, except one. She gets really loud and pecks all the others. The saying could've come from hens like her.

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my chickens love the rain.  they come outside to bathe like any other bird in the rain.  now snow is a different story....they hate that stuff!

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My chickens love the rain when I'm not outside. But, when I go out to get the eggs, they all pile into the coop {all are wetter than the ocean, mind}, sit on the roost like they've been crowded in there all day, and whine at me like it's my fault. lol.png When I leave, they go back outside and resume packing, happy as larks.

 

 

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My chickens love the rain when I'm not outside. But, when I go out to get the eggs, they all pile into the coop {all are wetter than the ocean, mind}, sit on the roost like they've been crowded in there all day, and whine at me like it's my fault. lol.png When I leave, they go back outside and resume packing, happy as larks.



too cute!  lol.png

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Sometimes, the saying goes "Madder than a setting hen", which makes a ton more sense, if you've ever had a broody!

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Had a quick look on the internet and came across this:

 

'"Madder than a wet hen" probably originated in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Supposedly, chickens get angry if they get dumped in water'

 

I'd be angry too if I was "dumped" in water!  One of my chickens doesn't mind the rain (in fact I wrote about this on my blog only today), but most of them prefer to take shelter. 

 

 



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I don't know the saying, We say 'Madder than a March hare' but I think that means crazy mad rather than angry mad. Another one from England is 'As useless as a chocolate fire guard'. That one I can understand.

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Sometimes, the saying goes "Madder than a setting hen", which makes a ton more sense, if you've ever had a broody!



That makes a lot more sense.  I have three broody ameraucanas that are HATEFUL and I have the bruises to prove it.  Mean old biddies.  somad.gif

 

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Sometimes, the saying goes "Madder than a setting hen", which makes a ton more sense, if you've ever had a broody!



Yeah, that does make a lot more sense.  I had my first broody experience a couple weeks ago.  Luckily, it wasn't the Q.B. of the flock, so her attempts to peck me were laughable.

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