Term sometimes used to denote the female of any bird species, but it is mostly used in Great Britain. Here in North America, it typically is reserved for female gallinaceous birds, such as grouse, quail, turkey, pheasant, and especially, the domestic chicken. It is the opposite of "cock."
The female of all classes of poultry, except goose, whose age can vary considerably depending on the class of poultry. A hen turkey can be over the age of 7 days raised for meat or breeding purposes, while a chicken hen is of egg laying age, usually over 20 weeks old, and raised for egg production purposes.
A black hen signifies sad news. A white hen signifies glad news. A brown one promises money luck. A laying hen indicates prosperity. Killing a hen forecast ups and downs. Plucking a hen warns of an unexpected demand on your finances.
Hen (romanized as ï¼¨ï¼¥ï¼® in Japan) is an H manga (commonly called hentai by non-Japanese) which was the first work created by manga artist Hiroya Oku, who is best known for Gantz. An apt English translation for the title "hen" (literally: "strange") in this case would be "queer" because of the double meaning of "strange" and "homosexual" http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/queer.