Mother Carey's chickens

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Mother Carey’s chickens

stormy petrels; believed by sailors to be harbingers of storms. [Marine Folklore: Wheeler, 251]
See: Omen
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Indie pop duo Mother Carey's Chickens, already well-known in the Midlands, raised the musical bar with one of their own songs.
Name: MOTHER CAREY'S CHICKENS Age: 18 From: Harborne SHANA Carey will be performing with Mother Carey's Chickens, the folk band created by her and her two brothers.
Another Wiggin classic was Mother Carey's Chickens (1911), about a warm-hearted widow who had a great many children.