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Dear Dr. Vinny,
I was reading the notes on harvest from Michael Browne. What does he mean by "hens and chicks in the clusters"?
—Scott K., Charlotte, N.C.
"Hens and chicks" is when a grape bunch contains berries of different sizes and levels of maturity. The normal-sized, seeded berries are the "hens," and the small, seedless berries are the "chicks." It's believed to be caused by cool weather during flowering. (This is also known by a French term, millerandage.)
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