any of various grouse, as the spruce grouse, that can be killed easily because of their relative tameness.
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How to use fool hen in a sentence
This is another of the grouse family that has been given the name of "fool hen," on account of its naturally tame nature.Game Birds and Game Fishes of the Pacific Coast | Harry Thom Payne
While we were unloading the horses, a "fool hen" came and lit in a tree near us.Cruisings in the Cascades | George O. Shields
I suppose you didn't notice if you hit that fool-hen, Colonel Cruickshank?Gold, Gold, in Cariboo! | Clive Phillipps-Wolley
If a poor cackling grouse or "fool-hen" be thrust into the pit, the Indian is almost sure to find a prisoner.The Story of the Trapper | A. C. Laut
I guess that's why it's called the fool hen, though its proper name is the willow grouse.The Boy Ranchers of Puget Sound | Harold Bindloss