Haiku Story About The Little Red Hen Chicken Poem

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Do you remember reading or hearing "The Little Red Hen" as a child?

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Who's Going to Take the Lead?

Cleaning out an old drawer, a torn-edged, yellowed paper fell out of a book onto the floor. On it was this poem that was printed in the newspaper, probably 30 or 40 years ago. Perhaps this is an omen. What does it say to you?

Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done,

and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry, because it was Everybody's job.

Everybody thought that Somebody would do it.

But Nobody asked Anybody.

It ended up that the job wasn't done,

and Everybody blamed Everybody,

when actually Nobody asked Anybody.


Speckled chicken pecks

all day stirring up the ground

turning the brown soil

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The Little Red Hen

That poem reminds me of the fable of “The Little Red Hen” from my childhood. Do you remember reading those Little Golden Books and making a collection of shiny edged Golden books on your shelf?

We learned the virtue of hard work, effort and reaping what was sewn. Some historians say the folktale originates from either England or Russia. Both countries probably had some variation on the same theme, or else the story traveled along from oral tradition. Joseph Jacobs was supposedly the first person to put it to pen.

The different versions have either a mouse, cat, dog, goose, duck, cow and or horse. All of them are lazy, sleeping, or playing with undesirable character traits, and not obliged to helping their friend the chicken on the friendly farm.

Alternately, the chicken wants to turn the grain into some baked good. As in our life, we are given the seed, some material from heaven, which we utilize and transform into something useful in our world.

In the end, would you share your finished product, if all your friends didn’t pitch in to help? What would be your attitude? How can the problem be solved?

Here is one version of the story:

One day the Little Red Hen was scratching in a field, she found a grain of wheat that had dropped from heaven.

She asked herself, "This wheat should be planted."

Then asked her farm friends, "Who will plant this grain of wheat?"

"Not I," said the Goat

"Not I," said the Pig

"Not I," said the Goose

"Then I will," said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

Soon the wheat grew to be tall and strong.

"The wheat is ripe," said the Little Red Hen. "Who will cut the wheat?"

"Not I," said the Goat

"Not I," said the Pig

"Not I," said the Goose

"Then I will," said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

When the wheat was cut, the Little Red Hen said,

"Who will thresh the wheat?"

"Not I," said the Goat

"Not I," said the Pig

"Not I," said the Goose

"Then I will," said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

When the wheat was threshed, the Little Red Hen said,

"Who will take this wheat to the mill?"

"Not I," said the Goat

"Not I," said the Pig

"Not I," said the Goose

"Then I will," said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

She took the wheat to the mill and had it ground into flour.

Then she said, "Who will make this flour into bread?"

"Not I," said the Goat

"Not I," said the Pig

"Not I," said the Goose

"Then I will," said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

She made and baked the bread.

Then she said, "Who will eat this bread?"

"I will," said the Goat

"I will," said the Pig

"I will," said the Goose

"Oh no you won't!" said the Little Red Hen. "I will do that." And she did.

Finished Product

Chicken Therapy

Montana woman uses chickens as therapy animals

You've heard of equine rehabiliation, the comfort of dogs and cats for the elderly, swimming with the dolphins, keeping a canary, and now there is chicken therapy. Therapy dogs can be a comfort for seniors and those recovering from illnesses and injuries.

Jana Clairmont of Polson, Mont., calls her therapy birds a white rooster and Cornish game hen "Fowl Play." She takes them out to resident homes at Polson Health and Rehabilitation Center in northeast Montana. "Many seniors were raised on farms," Clairmont says, "and holding a chicken can bring back memories."

It is true. Watching chickens scratch around with their constant movement, watching them preen is like watching a fish aquarium which calms the heart and mind. Holding them in your lap and stroking their feathers is like having a soft kitten that loves you no matter what.


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About the Author

Debby Bruck, CHOM is the founder of Homeopathy World Community and believes that homeopathy is the wave of the future that provides hope and healing to those who have tried every other approach. Follow Debby on Twitter.

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Chickens Become Urban Pets

Google this title, "Chickens Become Urban Pets" ~ Seems they do not allow LINKS to ABC News site anymore.

They don't bark, bite or require daily walks. They even offer tokens in return for their care.

More and more urban and suburban elite are moving beyond keeping poodles and cats and adopting another kind of animal to coddle: the chicken.

"They're just so relaxing to watch," says Robin Fox, a Miami resident who began keeping chickens in her apartment in the late 1990s. "They're friendly birds, they're fluffy and they give you eggs. Dogs don't give you eggs."

While some immigrants have long recognized the benefits of keeping chickens in urban lots (free fresh eggs and chicken breasts) the concept appears to have taken flight, so to speak, among urban yuppies and suburban elite who build elaborate coops for their flocks.

And then there is Fox, who says she must have chickens in her life, no matter the inconvenience.

"The only problem is they can't be potty trained. You have to change their paper every day," says Fox who reports some of her furniture is spotted by chicken droppings but she's sure only she can see the stains.

Chicken Rules

Steven Keel, the owner of Egganic Industries in Ringgold, Va., says that sales of his elaborate $1,500 Henspas — low-maintenance, high-comfort homes designed for urban and suburban chickens — are up 15 percent. The McMurray Hatchery in Webster City, Iowa, reports they're sending more mail-order chicks (ranging in cost from about $1 to $5 per chick) to addresses in upper-class suburbs.

And the City Chicken Workshop sessions at the Seattle Tilth Association have been filled to standing-room only. The two-hour classes held four times a year teach new chicken owners the basics in building coops and keeping their animals healthy. Director Pamela Burton says they'll soon be adding classes.

"The demand is too great," she says. "We're thinking we'll have a beginning chicken class and then add intermediate classes."

What's there to learn about keeping chickens in urban lots? For starters, says Burton, it's good to know if it's legal.

HOW TO KEEP CHICKENS IN A CITY ~ Chickens in Diapers

Join the "urban chicken movement" and raise your own backyard flock. Chickens are both fun and useful to keep. Don't expect to keep a breeding flock with noisy roosters, but your hens will earn their keep and provide enjoyment by laying eggs for you. Chickens can provide you with healthy, home grown eggs and meat, quality nitrogen-rich fertilizer, pest control and companionship. Perhaps surprisingly, a reasonable number of chickens can adapt very well to the constraints of an urban environment. It is even possible to keep chickens indoors through the use of diapers.

New Chicken Inspection Laws Will Greatly Restrict the ability of small farmers to sell their organic chickens and for consumers to purchase them.

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In the end, would you share your finished product, if all your friends didn’t pitch in? What would be your attitude? How can the problem be solved? 35 comments

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moonlake 8 years ago from America

I would share. There is no way to solve the problem you can't make people do what they don't want to do. Some people will starve before they would work to eat.

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Debby Bruck 8 years ago Author

You're good hearted and generous. We need more people like you in the world. However, if there is a problem, there must be a solution. There are organizations that provide education in technical skills, or giving farm animals to begin producing community farms. Thanks for visiting.

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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

sharing is the essence of life. I remember the Golden Books.

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Debby Bruck 8 years ago Author

It's gratifying to see folks read these poems and stories. Thank you for visiting.

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Ken Devonald 8 years ago from Edinburgh

Thanks for the photography tips Debby, I will have to try it. The first hen we owned since we moved to Scotland had been living rough for weeks before we caught her up, and she weighed nearly nothing. There was a time I would have tapped her on the head and thought it was better for her, but I chucked her in an old ferret hutch I had, and gave her a load of peanuts which was all the food we had that we thought would suit her.

She was in such a bad way that she lost all her feathers, but they grew back and she was so tame we were always standing on her. My old GSP grabbed her once and would have killed her I suspect but my son saved her. Now I don't have a particularly vivid imagination, but when I put her in the hutch later that day I SWEAR she said 'Thank You'. Quite unsettling. She eventually died a couple of years ago, having given us a great deal of pleasure and eggs.

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Debby Bruck 8 years ago Author

Ken ~ What an unusual story. It's sad when you lose a good chicken. We have one little Golden Bantham that was hand-fed who likes to sit on our shoulder. Very very tame. They each have their own personality.

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ubanichijioke 8 years ago from Lagos

'The Little Red Hen' is quite an interesting and dictatic story. Life is full of lessons and the better we learn the much we gain. Situation no matter how unpleasant, should not melt our morale. Instead, we fight with our last pint of blood to remain dogged in the pursuit of our goals. I am quite touched about how resolute and strengthened you are in times of distress as you mentioned. Cancer is really not an easy thing to have but it takes strength and courage to counter it.

I am delighted and most thrilled beyond words to see someone who expresses such courage and joy in the face of severe trial. Kudos to you for inspiring many a heart.

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RGraf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

I really enjoyed this. Both are familiar to me, but I had not thought of them in a long time. If only we could learn from these lessons.

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WordPlay 8 years ago from Georgia, y'all

I didn't remember the story of The Little Red Hen until I read your hub, and then I instantly zoomed back to my childhood. I must have read the book many times, because once I was prompted I remembered every word.

Thanks for that trip down memory lane!

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Debby Bruck 8 years ago Author

Daer Alexander ~ so glad you are visiting and posting comments on my hubs. When people are supported and encouraged they have the strength to plow forward, on and upwards. Hope is what moves us and our spirit. The Little Red Hen is so independent, no matter that her friends won't lift a 'claw' or even give her the time of day. Then she could say, "see what I made from all my hard work!" Maybe the next time they would help.

RGraf and WordPlay ~ What I like the best is the 'sing-songy' sound and rhythm of the story that is found in so many children's books. The child becomes familiar with the pattern and can say the whole story by heart.

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Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

In "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales" the Little Red Hen gets a rather different treatment. My kids really enjoyed the satire. Here it is on Amazon:


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Debby Bruck 8 years ago Author

Hi Tom ~ I took a look at the recommended Stinky Cheese Man Book. Was that story "Chicken Little" - The Sky is Falling, or did he also write a story about "The Red Hen"?

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karibaskets 7 years ago

Loved the somebody, anybody, nobody, everybody ... living alone, one gets used to just doing it all, and if it doesn't get done, I know who to blame. :)

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Debby Bruck 7 years ago Author

Aw, Kari. No one to blame. You have a huge burden and responsibility. Everyone does what they are able. That's all you can do.

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Montana Farm Girl 7 years ago from Northwestern Montana

Yes, I would as well.... I so enjoy sharing and giving, I think that comes with be a mom... we learn to give of ourselves and it just continues to grow as our children do... We see the little things we can do, that makes a difference and in turn, it fills our heart with joy to see them happy...it's an unending circle ... and nice one to be in :-) ... such a nice hub....

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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

I actually have a red hen, and brown and tan speckled one, and a black speckled with white. They give us nice fresh eggs-- but I'm still waiting for that fresh loaf of bread. So far, I've had to do it myself.

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Debby Bruck 7 years ago Author

Hi Karen ~ some are givers, others takers. Mom's really do give, give, give. We do not expect a reward, but hope the children grow to maturity with values and compassion.

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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

I have a red hen, a specked brown and tan, ablack with white speckles-- they lay nice fresh eggs, but I haven't seen a loaf of bread yet. Waiting.

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Debby Bruck 7 years ago Author

Ah! I suppose those hens give the best of the sweet egg bread. It's up to you to put the ingredients together and into the oven to bake.

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janddplus4 7 years ago

The Bible says in the book of Proverbs that he who does not work should not eat. I noticed that some of your readers answered your question that they would share. I'm sure they would mean well, but they would be harming rather than helping their fellow farmyard friends. Working to earn an honest living is an important lesson. The story of the Little Red Hen is a tool to teach this lesson to children. I have four small children. They know that if they do not do their jobs, they do not eat. At their ages, 5, 4, and almost 3, their job is simply to go to the table and sit when I call them to dinner. But as they get older, they will have to learn more responsibility, setting the table, etc. My five year old helps set the table when appropriate. This story is not only referring to food, but to other rewards. It is not fair for those who put out no effort to be rewarded by someone else's effort. I do not include in this category those who had no opportunity to work. The unemployed should be helped. We should by all means share with those who are unable to help themselves. But far too many well-meaning people have worked themselves to the bone to "help" others remain dependent on them.

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Debby Bruck 7 years ago Author

Hi Jan ~ Thanks for making this hub a center of learning. It's true. G-d gave us the ability to earn our rewards which gives self respect and feeds our soul. Love, Debby

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sherrylou57 6 years ago from Riverside

This is a cute hub, Debby. I love to write poetry. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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Debby Bruck 6 years ago Author

Hi SherryLou ~ So sweet of you to comment. And I love the sound of your name. Blessings.

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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Fond memories of The Little Red Hen, Hadn't thought about it in years. My grandmother loved chickens and roosters which adorned her house in ceramic and glass figures. They raised them on their family farm; my mother was in charge of their daily feeding and cleaning the hen house. The trend is catching on it seems! Great hub

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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Hi FossillLady. This is one of my first Hubpage efforts. Thanks for scratching around. Many people do adorn their homes with chickens and especially roosters. I have just one glass rooster in the foyer that's been their forever. Blessings, Debby

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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Hi Debby the poem that you unearthed is cleverly written. I have vague memories of the house i was raised in and the chicken coop is one of the few things i remember, but we moved to a larger house (still smallish) when i was five. This is a fun hub, cheers.

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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Thanks for the memories, Keith. Instead of trashing the paper, I thought this Hubpages could seal it in our memory and bring joy to more readers. Glad you enjoyed! Blessings, Debby

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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

I did not read The Little Red Hen as a child but as an adult I loved your version. Nice work

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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Thanks so very much, Vinaya. It is a traditional children's story in America.

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Brenda Holstine 5 years ago from Denton, Texas

Debby, The little red hen has always been my personal hero and it's also pretty much the story of my life.

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Debby Bruck 5 years ago Author

Dear Brenda ~ Thanks for reading. Please explain how this story tells about your life? Blessings, Debby

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Georgie98 4 years ago from UK

Hmm...would I share? Oh alright then, only with people I like though. And I get the best bits since I did all the work! :)

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Debby Bruck 4 years ago Author

You deserve the best part of the bread, Georgie. And you can divy up the pieces to those mongrels who only want to eat up without putting in their fair share of the work. Thanks for reading a number of hubs. I often do that when meeting someone new in the community. It's so much fun to dive it. Blessings, Debby

Marisa Herrera 4 years ago

Loved the poem and the 'Little Red Hen' fable. Chickens are amazing and beautiful animals! More people are discovering this by keeping them as animal companions vs. keeping them as commodities to eat.

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Debby Bruck 4 years ago Author

Dear Marisa ~ What a surprise for you to visit and leave a note. Many community members of small counties, cities and towns have found they must fight for the right to own and keep chickens. Hopefully, their legislators and governing officials will see the benefit to everyone to provide permission for these enriching animals to be kept both as pets and productive animals. blessings, Debby

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