Hens, which are chickens that are 1 year old or older, have a lot of responsibility to take on once they start laying eggs. From producing eggs and laying them to caring for their baby chicks and protecting them from predators, they take on a big role as they mature.
To celebrate Mother’s Day, check out some fun facts about hens below to get a better understanding of them.
Hens communicate with baby chicks before they hatch.
The job of a mother hen starts long before they meet their baby chicks for the first time. After a hen lays eggs, she will often “talk” to her babies by chirping at them. The chicks will, in turn, chirp back at the mother hen through their shells. The hen and her chicks form a bond through this communication that grows once the chicks hatch.
Hens are incredibly smart creatures.
In particular, have proven to be very intelligent creatures. Studies have shown that hens can exhibit mathematical reasoning, use self-control, and do other things that suggest they are smarter than you might think making them fitting for the role of motherhood.
Hens are fiercely protective of their baby chicks.
Chickens have to be aware of the potential presence of predators at all times. At any moment, a predator can enter a chicken coop and do some serious damage. Hens are the ones who are in charge of protecting their baby chicks when they’re young. You will often find that hens will step up and protect their baby chicks as best they can in the event of an attack. They will keep their chicks close by and do whatever they can to stop predators from getting to them.
Hens are vitally important to the success of any farm or backyard coop. If you would like to purchase baby chicks for the purpose of adding hens to your flock, Chickens for Backyards can help. Contact us at 888-412-6715 today to place an order.