May chickens come cheeping

The proverb literally means that the weakness of chickens born in May is apparent from their continual feeble cries.

1868 A. HISLOP Proverbs of Scotland 223 May birds are aye cheeping. This refers to the popular superstition against marrying in..May, the children of which marriages are said to ‘die of decay’.

1895 S. O. ADDY Household Tales II. viii. Children born in the month of May require great care in bringing up, for ‘May chickens come cheeping.’


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