Nursery Rhymes a la Chickens

Readers seemed to like the collection of Piggy Nursery Rhymes I shared earlier this month, so here are some chicken equivalents. If you know of other traditional chicken/hen/rooster rhymes I’ve missed, please leave a comment and I’ll add them to the collection.

An artist's rendition of a child sitting up in bed, looking at a crowing rooster perched in her open window.
This cute illustration of the nursery rhyme at the left is from a children’s book published in the 1920s.

Cock a doodle doo,
Yes, I’m calling you.
Get out of bed, you sleepy head,
And button up each shoe.

Cock a doodle doo,
The sky is very blue.
The robins sing because it’s spring
And all the pigeons coo.

Cock a doodle doo,
Now come to breakfast too,
For Lady Gwen, my old red hen,
Has laid an egg for you.

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Jacob Biggle’s Vintage Livestock and Farming Books

If you love old livestock and farming books as much as I do, visit the Biodiversity Heritage Library and download Jacob Biggle’s Biggle Farm Library books for free.

Biodiversity Heritage Library

The cover and frontpiece of The Biggle Swine BookWikipedia says, “The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global ‘biodiversity commons.'”

What this means is that through them you can access over 200,000 vintage agricultural and natural history books and journals and download them as PDF files at no cost whatsoever. And their selection is outstanding! It includes all ten Biggle books including my favorite old-time sheep guide, the: Biggle Sheep Book: Something practical about sheep; all wool and a yard wide, mutton chops cooked to the taste of the most fastidious. Continue reading “Jacob Biggle’s Vintage Livestock and Farming Books”