Chickens often inspire poets to capture them in words. One of my favorites is Robert Frost's poem about his favorite chicken, A Blue Ribbon at Amesbury, which is in my book and I've referenced here since March 26, 2008. The May 24 issue of the New Yorker includes a poem by Gary Whitehead, A Glossary of Chickens, http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/poetry/2010/05/24/100524po_poem_whitehead.
Like a good wordsmith, he's looking for words to describe the unique behaviors and characteristics of chickens, such as "the sweetness of hens but not roosters."
Thanks for a charming poem that caused me to reflect on the many aspects that make chickens so appealing, Gary.