A whistling woman and a crowing hen are neither fit for God nor men

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A whistling woman and a crowing hen are neither fit for God nor men

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The rhyme has at least three common variants.

A crooning cow, a crowing Hen and a whistling Maid boded never luck to a House. The two first are reckoned ominous, but the Reflection is on the third.
[1721 J. Kelly Scottish Proverbs 33]
A whistling woman and a crowing hen, Is neither fit for God nor men.
[1850 Notes & Queries 1st Ser. II. 164]
‘A whistling woman and a crowing hen are neither fit for God nor men,’ is a mild English saying.
[1891 J. L. Kipling Beast & Man ii.]
A whistling woman and a crowing hen will fear the old lad [the Devil] out of his den.
[1917 J. C. Bridge Cheshire Proverbs 28]
Royal teased her, Whistling girls and crowing hens Always come to some bad ends.
[1933 L. I. Wilder Farmer Boy xi.]
A whistling woman and a crowing hen, Will bring Old Harry out of his den.
[1979 G. Duff Country Wisdom (1983) 55]
I was the wrong sex. Boys whistled. ‥As grandmothers used to say, A whistling girl and a crowing hen Both will come to a bad end.
[1995 B. Holland Endangered Pleasures 116]

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