On March 20, the world was disrupted by a viral video of a gigantic chicken that was initially compared to a dinosaur, thought to be a man in chicken suit, and speculated to be a fake news item. People doubted the veracity of the video what with all the fake news proliferating in the internet. Besides, the size of the chicken is unbelievable as it stands half-size a tree and its large feet resemble those of the tigers.
People wished for it to be fake. After all, a chicken the size of a baby dinosaur is a thing out of a nightmare. However, the big chicken video is real and in fact has a name. He/she is named Merakli and is owned by a European man. Its breed is called Brahma chicken.
Daily Disruption traced where the video originated. If the rough Google translation served us right, we found that the big chicken video was first posted by a man named Fitim Sejfijaj to the Kosovo-based Facebook page named “Decorative Poultry.”
It was then posted to Reddit and from there spread on Twitter, on YouTube, and finally on English-speaking Facebook users where it kept being pickup by more and more people.
Am I the only person wondering why this chicken is so damn big 🤔🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/ZIWmEL2h2w
— LifesBook_Ceo (@LifesBook_Ceo) March 19, 2017
According to the Live Stock Conservancy, Brahma chickens are easy to breed and easy to contain because they have calm and docile personalities. Here are more facts about the Brahma chicken in that viral big chicken video:
The breed is often referred to as the “King of All Poultry.” In1901 the breed was documented to have reached the incredible weights of 13-14 pounds for hens and 17 to 18.25 pounds for cocks – though 10 pound hens and 12 pounds cocks were the rule.
They come in three color varieties – the Light, the Dark, and the Buff. The breed was developed in America from very large fowls imported from China via the port of Shanghai. It also seems clear that Chittigong fowls from India (now Bangladesh) were used to a very small degree and stamped head and comb characteristics onto the breed – differentiating it from the Shanghai breed (now known as the Cochin).
In December 1852, to promote his stock, Mr. George Burnham shipped nine of his finest as a gift to H.M.G. Majesty Queen Victoria of England – making sure the gift was much publicized. Prices jumped from $12-15 per pair to $100-150. They are also good egg-layers for their size. Considered a superior winter-layer, they produce the bulk of their eggs from October to May.
Those who want to have Brahma for their pets after watching the big chicken video, they can head on to Cackle Hatchery where the breed is being sold as chicks only.