"I remember my grandmother singing me a song when I was very young. She was born in 1889 and raised in London, U.K. but emigrated to South Africa when she got married, but I think it would have been an English song. I used to think it was wonderful." -Wendy

Below is "A Clocking Hen" - the song Wendy remembers from her childhood.

Note: A "clocking hen" is a broody hen who just wants to sit on her eggs all day to incubate them (even if they haven't been fertilized). This can go on for weeks. "Clocking" is also the sound the hen makes when she's broody. It's a loud clucking sound.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Wendy Penney for sharing this song.

This song can be found in "Aunt Effie's Rhymes for Little Children" (1860) by Effie (Aunt), Jessie Margaret Edmondston Saxby and it can be found in "Home Songs for Little Darlings" (1863) by T.O.H.P. Burnham, H.O. Houghton & co. and Mayhew and Baker.