Chicken Proverbs in the English Language
You don’t even need a chicken or a Chicken Coop to appreciate this post.
The following are descriptions of people or activities, derived from man’s close association with poultry and handed down over many generations.
Birds of a feather flock together - People with similar interests group together.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket - Don’t risk all on one enterprise
Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched - Don’t take a future event for granted.
As hard to get along with as a sitting hen - A difficult personality – easily angered
As good to be an addled egg as an idle bird (Idleness)-1578. Lyly Euphues 325 - If I had not been gathered from the tree in the budde, I should beeing blowne haue proued a blast, and as good as it is to bee an addle egge as an idle bird . 1732 FullerGnomologia No. 681 As good to be an addled egg, as an idle bird. Carter Ghost writer 3. The chickens are feeling the heat, poor creatures. I’m afraid I gave them a bit of a ticking off. As good be an addled egg, I told them as an idle bird
Cock of the walk - A person who thinks he is in charge
Cocks may crow but it’s the hen that lays the egg – Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at a private dinner party in 1987.
Curses, like chickens, come home to roost - Past mistakes eventually cause present problems.
Don’t Teach your grandmother to suck eggs – Caution not to offer advice to someone, older, wiser and more experienced than oneself on subjects which they might be expected to know anyway. Known since the 17th. century. Another version is ‘to roast eggs’. In Jonathan Swift’s Polite Conversation, (1738) – ‘Go teach your grannam to suck eggs’. The suggestion is that in olden days that sucking eggs would be a particularly useful thing for a grandmother to be able to do because, without teeth, it would be all she was capable of.