hen call

1) A coop or hutch for fattening hens.

Examples for 1452-3, 1581, 1599 and 1621 are given under call, but the word remained in use well into the eighteenth century: 1618 certeyne skeps and old fleake & a henkall, Pudsey

1658 coules, cheese press and hencall Ł1 2s, Selby

1728 a hen call, Holmfirth. Wright notes its use in east Yorkshire in 1788.

dates 1618 1658 1728

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