Do you know Max and Moritz by Wilhelm Busch?
To most people who have leisure
Raising poultry gives great pleasure:
First, because the eggs they lay us
For the care we take repay us;
Secondly, that now and then
We can dine on roasted hen;
Thirdly, of the hen's and goose's
Feathers men make various uses.
Some folks like to rest their heads
In the night on feather beds.
One of these was Widow Tibbets,
Whom the cut you see exhibits.
Hens were hers in number three,
And a cock of majesty.
I don't know why we in Germany consider Wilhem Busch a writer of Children Books... maybe b/c he wrote in the same style like Heinrich Hoffmann who's Struwelpeter is, well, the most German of all Children Books, I think. If you don't know them, google.. and yes, I had to memorize both books as a child and no, I never suck my thumb or went even near matches....
and for me a rooster is still one of the beautiful and majestic animals out there. Taking all their pride from caring for their hens, who are a synonym for diligence and usefullness, at least in German.