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Mike The Headless Chicken

Updated on July 14, 2011

Mike the Headless Chicken was 'born' in 1945 in Fruita, Colorado. He was one of a number of chickens to be killed for food.. The actually slaughter by his owner Lloyd Olsen went a bit wrong and 'Mike' survived, without a head. He lived two years without his head!

It is assumed that a big enough portion of brain stem remained and that Mike just had a lot of will power. With the feeding assistance of his farmer owner Mike survived and actually went on to be a celebrity touring the country and appearing in newspapers and magazines.

Mike died in 1947 but lives on in the 'Mike The Headless Chicken' Festival which takes place in Fruita, Colorado on the third weekend of May every year. People gather from all over to eat chicken, talk about chickens, play chicken games and generally have a clucking good time.

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    Peter Dickinson 5 years ago from South East Asia

    ohiogoatgirl - Thanks for your comment. I agree with you.

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    ohiogoatgirl 5 years ago

    I am amazed that it was able to live for so long. However I am also disgusted that it was allowed to live and was not properly killed in the first place. I am no PETA follower but if you are going to kill an animal to eat it than you should at least kill it with as little discomfort as possible.

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    Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia

    Thank you Sun-Girl. I am pleased you found it interesting.

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    Sun-Girl 6 years ago from Nigeria

    Very funny and quite an interesting story you actually shared in here which really made me to laugh off my belly. Anyway, thanks for making me happy with your well written hub. Remain bless.

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    Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

    i scribble - You are forgiven. Thanks for visiting.

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    i scribble 7 years ago

    Interesting story. I may have heard it somewhere before, I'm not sure. You'll forgive me if I skip the one on how to kill a chicken, I hope.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you, Peter, to clarify it and now it makes sense. It certainly put on weight.

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    Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

    Sandyspider - Thank you

    Hello hello - yes it was true. It was fed with a syringe and eyedropper and actually put on a lot of weight.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    Is that really true? How did it eat? It is incredible.

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    Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    Great hub.

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    Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

    Thanks Borge. I first heard of Mike several years ago and was both skeptical and amazed. I just wrote 'How To Kill A Chicken' and made mention of Mike so I quickly wrote a hub about him to link in. Take care.

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    borge_009 7 years ago from Philippines

    A great hub again from one of my favorite hubber. I have seen a lot of cases like these but never had lived for two years but for minutes only. This is such an amazing story for a chicken. Thanks Peter