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  • It was Katie Yates' idea this. Why don't we do a chain of stories linked by chicken? Everybody has a "chicken story", she suggested. It is a most felicitous idea. It would be very interesting to see the varied spectrum of stories this will generate.

    I first heard the song whose lyrics I am putting out here, from a Pete Seeger record. Most Americans would have come across it, but perhaps not everybody knows it completely. Here it is:




    THE OLD HEN SHE CACKLED
    (Folk Song)

    The old hen she cackled,
    She cackled in the lot
    The next time she cackled,
    She cackled in the pot.
    The old hen she cackled,
    She cackled in the lot.
    The next time she cackled,
    She cackled in the pot.

    (Chorus)
    The old hen she cackled,
    She cackled in the stable.
    The next time she cackled,
    She cackled on the table.
    The old hen she cackled,
    She cackled in the stable.
    The next time she cackled,
    She cackled on the table.

    The old hen she cackled.
    She cackled and she cooed.
    The next time she cackled,
    The rooster cackled, too.
    The old hen she cackled.
    She cackled and she cooed.
    The next time she cackled,
    The rooster cackled, too.

    (Chorus)

    The old hen she cackled,
    The rooster laid an egg
    The old hen she cackled,
    The rooster laid an egg.
    The old hen she cackled,
    The rooster laid an egg
    The old hen she cackled,
    The rooster laid an egg.

    Chicken with Sprout is a mouth-watering dish!

    PIC is not of an actual chicken, but is a guinea fowl/ pintado. It is a fragment from a patchwork quilt by Pirjo Cassimally
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