Old English Red Pyle Hen nest building in the wild
by Susan McKeehan
(La Conner, WA)
I am writing a book with a standard Old English Red Pyle hen as a character who runs away from the farmer's chicken coop to a Pacific NW forest. How would she build a nest in the wild? Out of what materials? How long would it take? How far and how high could she fly? How many eggs would she hatch the first time in the tree? I don't know anything about chickens, but I need one in my plot. Could she live several years without being killed by animals?