Chickens, Chicks, & Hens


Known for its feather and wings and legs,
The chicken lays eggs and eggs and eggs!
Known for the comb atop its crown,
The chicken lays eggs of white and brown.
Known for its strut when taking a walk,
The chicken lays eggs! Ba-a-awk! Ba-a-awk!

Meish Goldish

The Chickens

Said the first little chicken,
With a strange little squirm,
“I wish I could find
A fat little worm.”

Said the next little chicken,
With an odd little shrug:
“I wish I could find
A fat little bug.”

Said a third little chicken,
With a small sigh of grief,
“I wish I could find
A green little leaf!”

Said the fourth little chicken,
With a faint little moan,
“I wish I could find
A wee gravel stone.”

“Now, see here!” said the mother,
From the green garden patch,
“If you want any breakfast,
Just come here and scratch!”

Five Little Chickens

Five little chickens by the old barn door,
One saw a beetle, and then there were four.
Four little chickens under a tree,
One saw a cricket, and then there were three.
Three little chickens looked for something new,
One saw a grasshopper, and then there were two.
Two little chickens said, “Oh what fun!”
One saw a ladybug, then there was one.
One little chicken began to run,
For he saw a katydid, then there were none!

What Can a Hen Do?

A hen can lay a big brown egg.
A hen can stand on just one leg.
A hen can run.
A hen can walk.
A hen can say “Bawk, bawk, bawk”.
But do you know what a hen can’t do?
A hen can’t ______________ like you.


Peck, peck, peck
On the warm, brown egg.
Out comes a neck
Out comes a leg.

How does a chick,
Who’s not been about,
Discover the trick
Of how to get out?

Aileen Fisher

How does a chick,
Who’s not been about,
Discover the trick
Of how to get out?

I Won’t Hatch!

Oh, I am a chickie who lives in an egg.
but I will not hatch, I will not hatch.
The hens they all cackle, the roosters all beg,
But I will not hatch, I will not hatch.
For I hear all the talk of pollution and more
As the people all shout and the airplanes roar.
So I’m staying in here
where it’s safe
and it’s warm.

Shel Silverstein

This Little Chick

This little chick ate corn today,
This little chick ate worms they say,
This little chick ate yellow meal,
This little chick ate potato peel,
This little chick like a fluffy ball,
Ate a teeny tiny bit of all!
Corn today! Worms they say! Yellow meal! Potato peel!