Can a chicken run With its head Chopped off??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CottageChicken22, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. CottageChicken22

    CottageChicken22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can a chicken run With its head Chopped off?? i've heard of this before.
     
  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    Only if it's name is MIKE the headless chicken! [​IMG] Seriously...yes, there is some reflexes that can cause them to run right after you chop the head off. Google (mike the headless rooster) it's a cool story [​IMG]
     
  3. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
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    Yes. When my dad killed roosters we would sit up on top of the rabbit hutches in order not to be sprayed by the blood or have a headless chicken bump into us....
     
  4. sweetcorn

    sweetcorn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I was a kid I watched the head chopping thing at a relatives ( we didnt eat ours, just for eggs ) they not only run, they do cartwheels ! A few left the yard and had to be retieved from the cornfield next to the house even.
     
  5. CottageChicken22

    CottageChicken22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL
     
  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    One of my jobs as a kid was to go after them after my dad had chopped the heads off. I wouldn't say they ran....it was more of a flopping until the reflexes stopped.
     
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  7. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
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    Yes, I've seen them run and flap with their heads chopped off, one even jumped on the bottom wire of the fence.
     
  8. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

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    One of my earliest memories is my grandpa chopping the head off a chicken, and the chicken running all over the yard, then it suddenly dropped over dead. I was 3 years old and thought it was HILARIOUS!

    I got to carry it in the house and pluck it, too. NEATO!
     
  9. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
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    ours were so spazzed out they got air while flapping. We're talking 6 feet off the ground without heads. That was pretty crazy. That headless chicken story is pretty interesting, though, that's for sure.
     
  10. stacym

    stacym Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You bet they do!! Although my dad used to yell at us if we let them run around. It bruises the meat.
    We use killing cones and zip ties now a days. But this summer when my dad wasn't looking I let one go so the kids could see. They thought it was the coolest thing every.
     

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