A Crowing Hen
: DEATH PORTENTS.
This bird, too, is supposed to indicate the death of an inmate of the
house which is its home; or, if not the death, some sore disaster to one
or other of the members of that family. The poor hen, though, as soon as
it is heard crowing, certainly foretells its own death, for no one will
keep such an uncanny bird on the premises, and consequently the crowing
hen loses its life.
It is a common saying that--
A whistling woman, and a crowing hen,
Are neither good for God nor men.
Should a hen lay a small egg it was to be thrown over the head, and over
the roof of the house, or a death would follow.