Can A Chicken Really Live Without A Head?

Mike the Headless Chicken famously lived for 18 months without a head. How it this possible? And more importantly, can this happen to humans, too? Find out in the video below.

Can A Chicken Really Live Without A Head?

The answer, surprisingly, is yes.

Mike The Headless Chicken Was Real

Hear his story.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Chickens are sometimes still active after getting their heads cut off, hence the phrase "running around like a chicken with it's head cut off." 00:44

  2. Mike the headless chicken had his head cut off, but it was cut slightly above the brain stem. 01:16

  3. Mike the headless chicken lived for 18 months without a head, and even gained 6 lbs. 01:31

Chicken Head Tracking

Chickens with heads can do some pretty amazing things, too.

Written by Curiosity Staff October 21, 2016

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