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Old 01-07-2012, 06:39 PM
Miss Violaceous Miss Violaceous is offline
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Maybe the saying originates from a certain technique for breaking a hen of "broodiness" (they want to sit on a clutch of eggs to the exclusion of anything else, and stop laying... can be undesirable) by holding them in a bucket of ice water to lower the body temperature. I have never had to try this, but I can imagine the hen would be pretty cranky by the time you're done.