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So, how exactly does one train a chicken to pull a cart?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Squeaky, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. Squeaky

    Squeaky I squeak, therefore I am

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    This is a question for LCRT and anyone else who trains trick chickens.

    How exactly does a person train a bird to pull a cart or a chariot? Don't they, well, freak out?

    Chicken racing is illegal in Albuquerque, but in the spirit of anarchy I'm envisioning illegal Chicken Chariot races at my second annual Guitar-B-Q next 4th of July. Of course, to do that I'd have to get my hens to pull a cart, and run in a consistent direction.
     
  2. mjdtexan

    mjdtexan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thats interesting, is this a competition or a get together?
     
  3. schmije

    schmije Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seriously? I'd like to see video of that. I can't even imagine it...
     
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Very carefully, I would imagine.
     
  5. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The "consistent direction" part made me laugh out loud.
     
  6. Squeaky

    Squeaky I squeak, therefore I am

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    Quote:Thats interesting, is this a competition or a get together?

    It's when I invite my guitar students and their families to a party in my back yard featuring barbecue, fireworks, and whatever other entertainment I can find. Usually it's of the six-string persuasion, and well amplified.

    Since I've got so many more students I may not be able to invite everyone at once.
     
  7. Squeaky

    Squeaky I squeak, therefore I am

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    Quote:I found this nefarious evidence on-line...



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    Now it seems as though the North American chickens each have their own chute and track so they can't cut across. It does a world of good for their concentration as long as the chariot doesn't get hung up. The chutes aren't exactly even. As to the chariot assembly itself, I can't tell for sure but it looks as though each bird pulls the chicken chariot with her tail. You'd think they'd have more power with some kind of harness mechanism.

    On the other side of the pond there are no chariots, it's more of a bird foot race, and they can go in whatever direction they like.

     
  8. Alpha Roo

    Alpha Roo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] I think the better question is....WHY would somebody train a chicken to pull a cart? [​IMG]
     
  9. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    For the same reason we want to dress them up and take pictures: It's fun!!

    There are worse ways to spend your time...
     
  10. Picky Chicky

    Picky Chicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds like a riot! Makes me recall when we did mean things to our cats...dressed them up, put them to bed, forced them to tea parties... put tape on the bottoms of their paws for a good laugh. Those were the days. [​IMG]
     

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