Kids + Teens

Cluck! Cluck! Calling all rhymers!

In honor of National Poetry Month coming up in April, celebrate the silly side of verse with Chicken Scratches. As adorably absurd as chickens themselves, this book of charming illustrations and laugh-out-loud funny poultry poems will appeal to anyone with a fowl sense of humor.

Can you fill in the blanks in the poultry poems below? E-mail your answers to by April 2nd at 5:00 pm PDT for the chance to win a copy of the book. We’ll choose two winners at random from the pool of correct answers. Give it a try—don’t be chicken!

1) Sick Day

The day the rooster had the flu
He could not cock-a-doodle-do.
He could not walk. He could not talk.
No one was sure just what to do.
They called a doctor to the_____,
who brought a bowl of chicken soup.
“Drink up,” he said. “It’s good for you.
I promise it’s no one you knew.”

2) Mismatch

I’m sure you’ve heard the many facts
that make the chicken rare.
It has two drumsticks and a comb,
yet neither drum nor hair.
It even has a belly,
but there is no _____ there!

3) Watch What You Eat

A chicken ate a pack of seeds
before she read the label.
Next day she laid a cantaloupe
upon the breakfast ____.

Wendy Hagenmaier
Marketing Assistant


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