The lyrics of the song continue…”On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me three French hens.” Some suggest this is a theological reference to three virtues of the Christian faith: Faith, Hope and Charity.
From an animal husbandry prospective, a French breed of chicken, or Faverolles, are well adapted both to captivity. And were the egg-producing poultry of choice centuries ago. Today these docile creatures they serve more as an ornamental and exhibition breed. Children love the French hens because they make excellent pets.
I consider the gift of 3 French hens a generous gift, symbolizing both a practical and prosperous future. Like love, the gift can multiply and sustain itself.