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Old 07-25-2009, 12:48 AM   #1
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Default Chicken with head cut off lived for 18 months

pretty cool true story of a zombie chicken

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Old 07-25-2009, 12:52 AM   #2
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Old 07-25-2009, 12:59 AM   #3
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wow this made me a little sad inside.
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How did it eat?
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How did it eat?
Fed it via a piepetta dropper
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They cut off the head of that particular chicken - whose name escapes me - but failed to completely remove the brainstem. The axe severed the spinal cord just above the medulla oblongata - the part that controls heartbeat and respiration and the most basic of functions. It was in the early 1900s in Canada, I think.

And once they realised that he was around and not dead, they fed him by dropping bits of grain down the oesophagus (birds don't have teeth anyway so the grain goes down whole) because they had a headless chicken and hey, they could see a money spinner when it wandered past them headless.
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Old 07-25-2009, 06:36 AM   #12
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You don't want to mess with Mike the headless chicken
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They cut off the head of that particular chicken - whose name escapes me - but failed to completely remove the brainstem. The axe severed the spinal cord just above the medulla oblongata - the part that controls heartbeat and respiration and the most basic of functions. It was in the early 1900s in Canada, I think.

And once they realised that he was around and not dead, they fed him by dropping bits of grain down the oesophagus (birds don't have teeth anyway so the grain goes down whole) because they had a headless chicken and hey, they could see a money spinner when it wandered past them headless.

was actually in the 1940's in Colorado

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On Monday, September 10, 1945 at 6:45AM PST, farmer Lloyd Olsen of Fruita, Colorado, had his mother-in-law around for supper and was sent out to the yard by his wife to bring back a chicken. Olsen failed to completely decapitate the five-and-a-half month old bird named Mike. The axe missed the jugular vein, leaving one ear and most of the brain stem intact.[3][4]

Despite Olsen's botched handiwork, Mike was still able to balance on a perch and walk clumsily; he even attempted to preen and crow, although he could do neither. After the bird did not die, a surprised Mr. Olsen decided to continue to care permanently for Mike, feeding him a mixture of milk and water via an eyedropper; he was also fed small grains of corn. Mike occasionally choked on his own mucus, which the Olsen family would clear using a syringe.

When used to his new and unusual center of mass, Mike could easily get himself to the highest perches without falling. His crowing, though, was less impressive and consisted of a gurgling sound made in his throat, leaving him unable to crow at dawn. Mike also spent his time preening and attempting to peck for food with his neck.[3]

Being semi-headless did not keep Mike from putting on weight; at the time of his partial beheading he weighed two and a half pounds, but at the time of his death this had increased to nearly eight pounds.

Fame

Once his fame had been established, Mike began a career of touring sideshows in the company of such other creatures as a two-headed calf. He was also photographed for dozens of magazines and papers, featuring in Time and Life magazines.[3] Olsen drew criticism from some for keeping the semi-headless chicken alive.

Mike was on display to the public for an admission cost of 25 cents. At the height of his popularity the chicken earned princely $4,500 USD per month ($50,000 in 2005 dollars) and was valued at $10,000.[3] Olsen's success resulted in a wave of copycat chicken beheadings, but no other chicken lived for more than a day or two. A pickled chicken head was also on display with Mike, but this was not Mike's original head, as a cat had already eaten it. Mike was later examined by the officers of several humane societies and was declared to have been free from any suffering.

A children's playground chant soon emerged:"Mike, Mike, where's your head? Even without it, you're not dead!"

[edit] Death

In March 1947, at a motel in Phoenix on a stopover while traveling back home from tour, Mike started choking in the middle of the night. As the Olsens had inadvertently left their feeding and cleaning syringes at the sideshow the day before, they were unable to save Mike. Lloyd Olsen claimed that he had sold the bird off, resulting in stories of Mike still touring the country as late as 1949.

Post mortem, it was determined that the axe blade had missed the carotid artery and a clot had prevented Mike from bleeding to death. Although most of his head was severed, most of his brain stem and one ear was left on his body. Since basic functions (breathing, heart-rate, etc) as well as most of a chicken's reflex actions are controlled by the brain stem, Mike was able to remain quite healthy. Other sources, including the Guinness Book of World Records,[2] say that the chicken's severed esophagus passage could not take in enough air properly to be able to breathe; and therefore choked to death in the motel.
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