An illustration of a hen, cat, dog and horse standing on top of one another to see into a window.

Animals Looking Through Window

An illustration of a hen, cat, dog and horse standing on top of one another to see into a window.

Barnyard with cow and hen.

Barnyard

Barnyard with cow and hen.

An illustration of a cat hunting a mother hen and baby chicks.

Cat Hunting Chicks

An illustration of a cat hunting a mother hen and baby chicks.

Scene from the story, "The Adventures of Chanticleer and Partlet."

Chanticleer and Partlet

Scene from the story, "The Adventures of Chanticleer and Partlet."

Scene from the story, "The Adventures of Chanticleer and Partlet."

Chanticleer and Partlet

Scene from the story, "The Adventures of Chanticleer and Partlet."

Scene from the story, "The Adventures of Chanticleer and Partlet."

Chanticleer and Partlet

Scene from the story, "The Adventures of Chanticleer and Partlet."

A chicken

Chicken

A chicken

An illustration of a hen with her eggs.

Chicken and Eggs

An illustration of a hen with her eggs.

Chickens are domesticated animals used for their eggs and meat.

Chicken

Chickens are domesticated animals used for their eggs and meat.

Ten chickens and an old hen.

Ten Chickens

Ten chickens and an old hen.

"The comb is single, of medium size, perfectly straight and upright upon the head, free from side sprigs, deeply serrated with five or six points, and bright red in color. The comb should extend well back over the head, with no tendency to follow the shape of the neck."—Government Printing Office, 1897

Head of Single-Comb Brown Leghorn Cock

"The comb is single, of medium size, perfectly straight and upright upon the head, free from side sprigs,…

"Further development of hen's egg; after Haeckel: A, the mulberry mass of cleavage cells, b, same as seen on top in fig 111, F, here viewed in profile in section, resting upon n, the simply-shaded part of the figure, to represent conventionally the mass of food-yelk. A, morula stage (as before); B, blastula stage, the mass of cells, b, forming the blastoderm, uplifted from the food-yelk, leaving the cleavage-cavity, s; w, the thickened rim of the germ-disc; C, the blastula in process of inversion, by which a layer of entoderm-cells, i, growing from periphery to centre, will apply itself to the layer of exoderm-cells, e, obliterating the cleavage-cavity, s; D, the disc-gastrula completed, by union of entoderm, i, with exoderm, e, leaving the primitive intestinal cavity, d, which is quite similar in appearance to the cleavage cavity, s, but morphologically quite different." Elliot Coues, 1884

Egg Germination

"Further development of hen's egg; after Haeckel: A, the mulberry mass of cleavage cells, b, same as…

Hen

Hen

Hen

A hen.

Hen

A hen.

A hen and chickens.

Hen

A hen and chickens.

An illustration of a hen, a female chicken.

Hen

An illustration of a hen, a female chicken.

Feet of a hen

Hen Feet

Feet of a hen

An illustration of a hen raking the barnyard while  a goose, cat, two dogs, and a hen watch.

Hen Raking Barnyard with Animals Watching

An illustration of a hen raking the barnyard while a goose, cat, two dogs, and a hen watch.

An illustration of a mother hen with four baby chicks.

Mother Hen with Baby Chicks

An illustration of a mother hen with four baby chicks.

" Fig 110 - Hens egg, nat. size, in section; from Owen, after A. Thompson. A, cicatricle or "tread," with its nucleus, of white germ-yelk, floating on surface of pale thin nutritive yelk, leading to central yelk-cavity, x; a, the yellow yelk-ball, deposited in the successive layers, forming a set of halones, and enveloped in the chalaziferous membrane which is spun out at opposite poles into the twisted strings, chalazae, c, c; b, b', successive investments of softer white albumen; d, membrana putaminis, the "soft shell" or egg-pod, between layers of which at the great end of the egg is the air space, f;e, the shell." Elliot Coues, 1884

Hen's Egg

" Fig 110 - Hens egg, nat. size, in section; from Owen, after A. Thompson. A, cicatricle or "tread,"…

Andalusians are generally classified as "Mediterranean" chickens. They are relatively rare, and can produce up to 160 eggs per year.

Blue Andalusian Hen

Andalusians are generally classified as "Mediterranean" chickens. They are relatively rare, and can…

The Fighting Field Hen puffs up its chest so as to look bigger to opponents.

Field Hen

The Fighting Field Hen puffs up its chest so as to look bigger to opponents.

This image depicts a female spotted Java chicken.

Mottled Java Hen

This image depicts a female spotted Java chicken.

A cross-section of a hen-house.

Cross-section of a hen-house

A cross-section of a hen-house.

Front view of a hen-house.

Front view of a hen-house

Front view of a hen-house.

Prairie hens feed on grasshoppers, wheat, corn, seeds, and the buds of trees. They are also known as the pinnated grouse and the heath-hen.

Prairie Hens

Prairie hens feed on grasshoppers, wheat, corn, seeds, and the buds of trees. They are also known as…

Originated in the United States. It is one of the oldest American chickens, and is critically endangered today. They are excellent for both meat and egg production.

Pair of Black Javas

Originated in the United States. It is one of the oldest American chickens, and is critically endangered…

"It is of thick, massive form, and often weighs as much as six or seven pounds; it is of a purplish-black color, variegated with red and brown above; the belly is crimson; the flesh soft and insipid." — Goodrich, 1859

Lumpfish

"It is of thick, massive form, and often weighs as much as six or seven pounds; it is of a purplish-black…

Also known as the waterhen, the moorhen lives around rivers and lakes, feeding on worms, insects, mollusca, and seeds.

Moorhen

Also known as the waterhen, the moorhen lives around rivers and lakes, feeding on worms, insects, mollusca,…

An illustration of a mother hen and her baby chicks eating grain out of a bowl.

Mother Hen & Baby Chicks

An illustration of a mother hen and her baby chicks eating grain out of a bowl.

"Hickety, pickety, my black hen. She lays eggs for gentlemen."

My Black Hen

"Hickety, pickety, my black hen. She lays eggs for gentlemen."

"A fine old hen some ducks and chickens hatch'd, / And with a mother's care their safety watch'd; / But soon the ducklings caused her much affright, / They find a stream, and swim off out of sight."—Barber, 1857

Nature Will Out

"A fine old hen some ducks and chickens hatch'd, / And with a mother's care their safety watch'd; /…

A tier of nests with a broody coop on top.

Tier of Nests

A tier of nests with a broody coop on top.

"Petits! Petits! Petits! Foraging in an Enemy's Country. From the drawing by Horace Vernet." -Rees, 1894

Petits! Petits! Petits! Foraging in an Enemy's Country

"Petits! Petits! Petits! Foraging in an Enemy's Country. From the drawing by Horace Vernet." -Rees,…

Man and hen

Pictorial banner

Man and hen

The pochard (or dun-hen) averages about nineteen and a half inches in length, and is found in parts of Europe. In England it is sometimes known as the red-headed poker and red-eyed poker.

Pochard

The pochard (or dun-hen) averages about nineteen and a half inches in length, and is found in parts…

Reynard the Fox taunts Bruin the Bear who is hurt after getting his head stuck in a tree to get honey.

Reynard the Fox: Taunting Bruin

Reynard the Fox taunts Bruin the Bear who is hurt after getting his head stuck in a tree to get honey.

An illustration of a rooster and a hen.

Rooster & Hen

An illustration of a rooster and a hen.

A rooster and hen

Rooster and Hen

A rooster and hen

The wood snipe is an example of a common wading bird.

Wood Snipe

The wood snipe is an example of a common wading bird.

Two men at an inn

Two men

Two men at an inn