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Offline Duane72

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Bearded Hen...
« on: August 21, 2010, 08:11:28 AM »
Saw my first ever bearded hen the other day when I checked the camera. Not physically, but got video of her on camera. I thought "not a bad tom" when I first opened the video, but then noticed the grass moving around her and out pops a poult! Made me take a second look and sure enough, he's a she!! Pretty neat.
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Offline DPD

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Re: Bearded Hen...
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2010, 10:14:42 AM »
they are bearded at times........thats great to see one,.....its not a common thing @--0--0118
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Offline 3 beard

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Re: Bearded Hen...
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2010, 11:53:07 AM »
Click on the internet and research bearded hens and you''ll be surprised at all the info available. Most hens have one beard but on ocassion two beards. Two years ago I shot a real oddity when I harvested a hen with three beards. You just never know whats out there in the wild but tree cams are recording interesting things everyday.

Offline Bone Collector

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Re: Bearded Hen...
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2010, 03:02:38 PM »
never saw one b4 but in MO they are legal to shoot during the spring season because by having a beard they are legal.  A bearded hen is a lot more common annomily than does with antlers it seems like.

Offline WNCDEERHUNTER

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Re: Bearded Hen...
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2010, 03:15:12 PM »
Never saw one either, but I've heard some discussion about them. Also have heard of them being killed near here!
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Offline MichiganLouie

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Re: Bearded Hen...
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2010, 06:29:55 PM »
I have had a bearded hen with chicks visiting my yard for two years in a row.  Can't be sure if it's the same hen, but she only shows up in the spring.  I have been trying to get digital photos of her but haven't been successful.  I did manage to get some 35 mm shots of her, now my problem is to find a place that develops 35 mm film.
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Offline kjb-4320

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Re: Bearded Hen...
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2010, 08:04:48 PM »
 I have only seen one in the ten years that i have been hunting them, They are cool to see
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Offline Soft plastic guru

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Re: Bearded Hen...
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2010, 09:40:16 PM »
never got to see one of those hens. sure would like to see a pic.
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Offline Hogie

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Re: Bearded Hen...
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2010, 09:45:51 PM »
I've got one on my property here at my house that has been around about 4 or 5 years now her beard is about 6in but it's real thin. @--0--0109

Offline tncowboy

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Re: Bearded Hen...
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2010, 10:10:04 PM »
I have one in a flock on my property and she's the boss hen.

I had a fussing match with her last spring and she came back out in the field and jumped my hen decoy  --7-8-9

Offline dave 1211

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Re: Bearded Hen...
« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2010, 10:29:24 AM »
never and i say never upset a bearded hen 
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Offline MichiganLouie

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Re: Bearded Hen...
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2010, 09:00:55 PM »
the bearded hen that has been coming into my yard came back this evening.  One of my cats was on the back step, and she was having a hizzy fit.  I heard her (and her other hen friend) putting up a storm. I had been working in the garage and went to take a look.  The bearded hen was about 15 yds away.  Boy, was I wishing I had had a camera.  I watched her for a little while, and finally she went away.  I can tell she hen really impressed the cat.  All the time the hen was there, the cat just laid there and watched.
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Offline Duane72

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Re: Bearded Hen...
« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2010, 11:25:10 AM »
Louie... you really got a keep a camera on you man!  @--0--0105 That's awesome. I would have loved to seen the cat's face. --7-8-9
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Offline MichiganLouie

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Re: Bearded Hen...
« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2010, 01:46:27 PM »
Louie... you really got a keep a camera on you man!  @--0--0105 That's awesome. I would have loved to seen the cat's face. --7-8-9

Yeah, I got to remember to do that.  It's funny how the hens react when they see the cat.  They actually move towards it.  The chicks, who are now as big as chickens, just huddle together and watch from a distance.  I surmise the hens see the cat as a predator, but I don't know whether they are actually trying to confront the cat, or simply divert the cat's attention from the chicks.  As I said before, the chicks just huddle together and watch, they don't leave the area. 
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Offline Duane72

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Re: Bearded Hen...
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2010, 05:01:56 PM »
I imagine the hens are making a statement for sure. If your cat comes back with some fur missing, it may have tried to get too close!  @--0--0121
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