December 16, 2005 Why did 6,000 chickens cross the road? by Gulliver
The sight of 6,000 chickens crossing the road at the one time
was enough to make any motorist squawk.
But it was no joke for frustrated Irish drivers who were confronted
with the sight on a highway in County Cavan.
Chaos ensued as hundreds of the birds stopped to lay their
eggs in the middle of the busy roadway.
The mass chicken run drama happened when an articulated truck
carrying the free-range hens shed its load at a sharp bend.
The birds had reached the end of their egg-producing life
and were on their way to the slaughterhouse just two weeks
before Christmas 2005.
It was a case of every bird for himself, as the crates crashed
on to the road and the panicked hens made their dash for freedom.
They flapped into the path of oncoming cars and laid hundred
Some people saw their chance to do a little free Christmas
shopping. One opportunistic woman was seen with a bag of eggs
in one hand and a chicken under her other arm. Another man
made his getaway with two chickens in his car trunk.
An unflappable Irish police said there was no question of
fowl play, and they joined with a team of local council staff
to divert traffic around the birds.
The road remained blocked for a time until the freed hens
were rounded up and the road was cleared and washed clean
of slippery eggs and bird carcasses.