Solve my picture riddle! Cowards need not apply!

Something connects these images:

What is the word, and what are the connections?

• So it's a visual riddle of pictures - but it's not a rebus? – n_plum Apr 11 '17 at 13:23
• I was going to post an answer tying it all to games of thrones but had trouble coming up with a connection for rubber band ball and drumsticks. – user3559247 Apr 12 '17 at 4:37
• @n_palum It looked like rebus might fit based on the tag description but it doesn't seem to fit definitions of a rebus found elsewhere. I wouldn't know myself. – Brent Hackers Apr 13 '17 at 12:35
• I had just been asking for clarification mostly, I wasn't necessarily saying it was a rebus - and since then I have been told these are in fact not rebus puzzles and visual/riddle fit these fine. – n_plum Apr 13 '17 at 12:36
• @n_palum Fair enough. Thanks for clarifying. – Brent Hackers Apr 13 '17 at 12:36

They may all be connected by

chicken

for images representing

Chicken Little

Chicken nuggets

Rubber chicken

Chicken scratch

Chicken wire

Chicken drumsticks

And the title 'Cowards need not apply!'

Chicken can mean scared

• I would have never guessed it, as I am a vegetarian guy. Biased question – L.K. Apr 11 '17 at 15:07
• @L.K. That's not a valid excuse. You only know about things you eat? Pffff. Would you have used the same excuse if the answer was "a brick", or "football stadium"? img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-static/static/2015-10/16/11/enhanced/… – Marius Apr 11 '17 at 15:36
• 5 new phrases… :/ – Jan Ivan Apr 11 '17 at 16:31
• for your third one, switch the word order to create a more idiomatic phrase. – Kate Gregory Apr 11 '17 at 17:40
• @Marius +1 because brilliantly logical rants that put down daft people and whiney herbivores at the same time deserve +1s – Brent Hackers Apr 12 '17 at 7:04

I have an alternate interpretation for part of it

Hand: Chicken Fingers
Wires: Chicken Strips (It's stripped wire)

But then again

maybe I'm just hungry

little finger, gold nugget, rubber band, dog, wire, Chinese chopsticks … chinese olympic team?
They are little, lots of gold, elastic (gymnastics), china is known for eating dogs, working together as team (you need all wires to turn on something) and mainly chinese

• The last picture is of drumsticks, though. – Ian MacDonald Apr 11 '17 at 13:36
• hand, gold, elastic, flea, copper, drumsticks… nope, no idea... maybe ASL, but that fits only for 3... , unless you say gold in asl as it is in picture one – Jan Ivan Apr 11 '17 at 13:47
• @JanIvan The first in ASL would be the letter i – David Starkey Apr 11 '17 at 15:17

• If your answer doesn't fit, maybe put #Partial Answer at the top of the post so people know that it's only partial and can improve it for you? Also, can you put the important parts of your answer in spoilers (>!  at the start of each line)? Thanks! – boboquack Apr 12 '17 at 9:25