Music Trekking: Andean Music for Spring

That Little Chicken! (Ese Pollito)

Is there anything more adorable than a baby chick? A perfect omen that Spring is on the way! This month I’m featuring a huayño – a type of traditional song from Peru.  The video to follow tells the story of someone who gets a chicken as a gift and it will not be quiet. Notice that in Spanish, the chicks seem to say “pio, pio, pio,” instead of what we might think of as “peep, peep, peep!” The lyrics are in and English as well so you can easily learn a few new words in another language just by singing along. Chicken is “pollo.” A little chick is a “pollito.” A “regalo” is a gift or something that has been given and the phrase “ese pollito” probably means that someone was pretty tired of “that chick!”

Traditional – Peru
New English Lyrics By Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou

Ese pollito que to me regalaste
Ese pollito que to me regalaste
Pio, pio, pio, pio siempre me dicen
Pio, pio, pio, pio en su corral…

This little chicken that you brought to my house
This little chicken that you brought to my house

Peep, peep, peep, peep – is all that she tells me
Peep, peep, peep, peep – all the day long!

Do you have a favorite baby animal song? Do you know any songs about animals in other languages? If you speak another language, can you tell us what chicks or rosters say when you describe their sound? It’s really fun to compare and check out the differences from place to place and culture to culture.
But, no matter where you live, I’m wishing you a beautiful new Spring and happy new beginnings.


Award-winning children’s performer, DARIA (Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou) has created 7 cd’s that have won national honors. She has the most awesome job of traveling the world to sing for kids and peace. Her “world music for kids” website,, was given a 2009 Parents Choice Award for its musical and cultural content.  She has also created a multicultural kids video site as well as My Favorite Multicultural Books.

Chicken Coop Tour 2009


2nd Annual Local Chicken Coop Tour

Going into the hen house

Chicken coop at Red Gate Farm in Buckland, MA. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

On Sunday, April 19th, 2009, spend an afternoon in the hilltowns and Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts visiting local coops and the chickens that lay in them. Learn from Pioneer Valley Backyard Chicken Association (PVBCA) hobbyists and farmers how they made their coops and chicken tractors, and how they keep them safe from predators.

General topics will be discussed, including:

  • nest boxes
  • egg production
  • perches
  • light
  • winter concerns
  • outdoor runs
  • breeds

Stops on the tour will include 7 different backyards and farms in Hatfield, Florence, Easthampton, and Chesterfield. Expect lots of useful ideas and even more inspiration. Children welcome. (But no dogs please.) Carpooling appreciated. FREE.

2009 Coop Tour Schedule: 12 pm to 5:30 pm (tour stop addresses can be found below):

  • 12:00-12:30 Pam (Hatfield, MA)
  • 12:45-1:15 Sarah & Tom (Hatfield, MA)
  • 1:30-2:00 Tracey (Florence, MA)
  • 2:15-2:45 Suna & Ben (Florence, MA/Bay State)
  • 3:00-3:30 Adele @ Rocky Hill Co-housing (Florence, MA)
  • 3:45-4:15 Jim @ Park Hill Orchard (Easthampton, MA)
  • 4:45-5:15 Crabapple Farm (Chesterfield, MA)

Sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Backyard Chicken Association.

Chicken Coop Tour 2008

Local Chicken Coop Tour 08

Backyard Chickens - (c) Sienna Wildfield

Backyard Chickens - (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

(Editor note: The 2009 coop tour will be happening April 19th, 2009.  Click HERE for details.)

Has your family been thinking about getting chickens but you’re not sure how to house them? There is a chicken coop tour scheduled on Sunday, July 13th, from 11am-4:30pm to discover how other families in Hatfield, Northampton and Florence are housing their flocks. Organized by the The Pioneer Valley Backyard Chicken Association. [All Ages] (Free)


  1. 11 – 11:30 am
    Sarah & Tom Rossmassler
    100 Main Street, Hatfield
    # of years you have kept chickens: <1
    # of chickens you currently have: 7
    Breeds: Mix (2); Barred Rock (1); Rhode Island Red (4)
    Description of coop/run or chicken tractor: We have a 3′ x 6′ interior coop area which is mostly insulated and has four windows and a mesh floor. Also a fenced in run which is also covered by a roof with a door to exterior. The whole thing lifts like a wheelbarrow and can be moved.
    Why you have a backyard flock: To help us out with an overall goal of being self-sufficient; education for us and our kids; curiosity and interest in farming; and mostly, because it’s fun!
    Favorite chicken resource: Story’s How to Raise Chickens Read the rest of this entry »

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