• Question: how does a chicken still live without a head? mike the chiken lived for 18 months without a head.

    Asked by hamster to Amy, Drew, Julia, Kimberley, Sara on 20 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Amy MacQueen

      Amy MacQueen answered on 17 Jun 2011:

      Hey hamster how are the paws?!!!

      I love Mike the chicken – although my friends won’t believe me of his existence! And it is possible that it could have been faked. Mike the headless chicken survived because his brain stem was abnormally low down which meant that when he lost his head he didn’t die …because his brain stem was intact and controls most of what a chicken does! pretty neat huh?

      Here’s the website if you don’t already have it – you could order some merchandise!



    • Photo: Julia Griffen

      Julia Griffen answered on 17 Jun 2011:

      I so didn;t know about this…. maybe I need to go and rethink alot of things… 🙂

    • Photo: Kimberley Bryon

      Kimberley Bryon answered on 17 Jun 2011:

      I have never heard of Mike the headless chicken although I have seen a video of a headless chicken running around for 30mins. It made me feel a bit queasy though so I don’t think I will be rushing to find out about Mike! I am going to trust that Amy knows her stuff!

    • Photo: Sara Imari Walker

      Sara Imari Walker answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      Wow, yeah I guess it might be possible! But it’d be difficult to pull off seeing as it can’t eat – you’d have to give the poor thing an IV or something.

      Really interesting question here Hamster!! I’m going to have to spend some time digging on this website Amy has provided ….