Madder than a wet hen

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by NickyPick, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. NickyPick

    NickyPick Chillin' With My Peeps

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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. [​IMG]
     
  2. Kaeta44

    Kaeta44 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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.
     
  3. NixNoodleNumbat

    NixNoodleNumbat Chillin' With My Peeps

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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.
     
  4. edible_chicken

    edible_chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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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!
     
  5. HCFarms96

    HCFarms96 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2011
    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. [​IMG] When I leave, they go back outside and resume packing, happy as larks.
     
  6. edible_chicken

    edible_chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    too cute! [​IMG]
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

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

    thaiturkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Madder than a chicken keeper then!

    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.
     
  9. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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    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. [​IMG]
     
  10. NickyPick

    NickyPick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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