Throughout the ages, in different cultures, chickens have long held a revered place in important ceremonies. From Wikipedia:
IndonesiaIn Indonesia the chicken has great significance during the Hindu cremation ceremony. A chicken is considered a channel for evil spirits which may be present during the ceremony. A chicken is tethered by the leg and kept present at the ceremony for its duration to ensure that any evil spirits present during the ceremony go into the chicken and not the family members present. The chicken is then taken home and returned to its normal life.
ChinaIn Confucian Chinese Weddings, a chicken can be used as a substitute for one who is seriously ill or not available (e.g. sudden death) to attend the ceremony.
A red silk scarf is placed on the chicken’s head and a close relative of the absent bride/groom holds the chicken so the ceremony may proceed. However, this practice is rare today.
Merrimack, NH When a child has a birthday coming up on of all days, Easter, that child shall receive a chicken to call her own. Of course, before she can choose her chicken, she must look on the internet at every single breed to decide which one she wants. (She must also interrupt her parents night and day to come over and look at the pictures).
Apparently she must also name the chicken using one of the most popular names arising from the characters on the Disney channel. (But no names from the Jonas brothers because they have split up).
And it shall be good.