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.
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!
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.
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.