歇后语xiehouyu are two part sayings. The first part is a riddle, puzzle or reference to story or history and the second part, sometimes not expressed, is the meaning.
Photos by me. Taken at the Gardens by the Bay 2017
Top of the rooster’s head is a piece of meat. More or less its an official position
Rooster lay eggs- wild wish
Chase ducks up the pole – will is there but difficult to carry out. Like herding cats.
Geese eat grass, duck eat oats. Each enjoy what it likes.
Scalding chicken in lukewarm/cold water. Not a feather can be removed. That is, very stingy.
Asking guests whether to slaughter a chicken for their meal. Hypocritical show of hospitality. (That is, if you are generous you would have done it. Usually guests in Chinese culture are obliged to say no.)