Did the cockatrice thing again today...this time even worse.
I've never ascended, and I've only even gotten as far as the quest a couple of times (and only with Valkyrie, or once with a Wizard). So, I had a rogue in the lowest level of the quest (in case you don't know, it's really weird.) In a previous level, I had polymorphed myself into a cockatrice and laid a bunch of eggs to use as grenades. As I was wondering around, trapped, in the lowest level of the quest, I got hungry. Absentmindedly, I pressed
e, then the only letter that was in my inventory.