let us look again at this....
This is in all its innocence of the child here taking on a job under the assumption that he would be rewarded. Never did it enter his/her mind that they would be conned, ripped off and not get paid.
so here we have the Pied piper undertaking his first job and soon to learn his/her first major lesson on this journey through life. That is not to fully trust anyone no matter who they are. keep your innocence but don't never allow others to take advantage of it!
The chicken is also symbolic of innocence by way of sacrifice, many cultures sacrifice chickens, Voodoo, Druids, and soothsayers also read their entrails most frequently. but here we don't see the chicken as a sacrificial animal about to be slaughtered, no, instead we see it tethered. So my understanding of this symbol is that you should never sacrifice your innocence and give way to the ills that have befallen you on the path, but instead keep it tethered and close.
The flower is if I am not mistaken a pink forget me not ....
Pink = Love
Forget me not is also symbolic of Love.
Love = Innocence
Forget-me-not (Myosotis species)
Forget-me-not is said to have been given its name from a German legend of a knight who falls into a river whilst picking it and calls out to his lady not to forget him. The name is used in many of the languages of Europe and is frequently used a symbol of love.
I think that sometimes we look far too deep into things and miss what are right in front of our eyes.
Can't see the woods for the tree's so to speak