Are bearded hens common? Hunting last week in Marinette county I saw 3 bearded hens on one property. I only saw one before seeing these 3. Just wondering if we had a bunch of cross dressers.
It's obviously a genetic thing, so if it's passed on more will come... They are more common than you think, much more common than 1 in 10,000. My neighbor shot one last week and I saw one yesterday in same area. I've seen as many as 4 in a winter flock.
One in ten thousand is not that common, to see three is really uncommon. I have never seen one alive but my brother harvested one several years back. I just got back today from my turkey hunt in the same county as you, never heard one gobble all week but did fill my tag Friday afternoon as three Toms snuck in on my decoys.