My grandma had a bunch of these lidded, chicken shaped containers and I could never figure them out. Were they weird candy dishes? They didn't make much sense, but for ladies who had strange porcelain plate collections, they fit right in. Sort of.
A couple years ago, I saw a pink lidded chicken at a thrift store and became inextricably drawn to the vessel. It was cheap and then it was on sale, so I bought it. In my google research, I learned that these dishes were for holding eggs on the counter, like when you want them room temperature for a recipe. This suddenly made perfect sense to me. And suddenly these dishes, which I see everywhere, made much more sense:
The porcelain egg crate. It is the new lidded chicken. Sure, people like to say they use this when they collect their chicken eggs, but I seriously doubt they carry this 6 holed breakable thing out to the coop. But it is SO cute, and is perfect for holding eggs on the counter while they come to room temp.