Chickens moving from farm animals to pets, to celebrities?

screenshot of paddle boarding chicken video

The trend toward backyard chickens is on the increase. What many are finding as they care for these sweet creatures is that, although they got the chickens for the eggs, the chickens actually turned out to have personalities. Hence, more than egg-producing machines, our backyard chickens have actually become beloved pets.

small flock of chickens eating

And some have become famous in the process. Here’s a list of some chickens that have gone viral recently:

1) Sammi made the TV news in Florida and has her own youtube channel. She also travels a lot and poses for a lot of chicken selfies with humans who are happy to meet her. She walks on a leash and loves the beach, including dipping in the ocean. She may already be familiar to you if you’re on Facebook, as her story has been shared many times over, including in the link below.

2) Also covered on the news and also from Florida is Loretta, a Rhode Island Red, whose owner takes her paddle boarding.

What has probably helped make this story so popular is Loretta’s clear enjoyment of the experience. Like Sammi, this is no chicken being dragged along by its owner. This is a sentient, curious animal, enjoying its surroundings.

And, while many are used to seeing the expressions of dogs enjoying such activities, the face of a chicken heading up a paddle board with clear exuberance, is pretty new to most of us.

3) Big Mama. Big Mama was a Rhode Island Red Hen from Texas. She became famous after her obituary was published. Now, she has a Facebook page so that her “family” can “raise awareness about all chickens and show the world just how wonderful they truly are!”

Big Mama also has a tribute video on youtube:

There is also a chicken rescue group associated with Big Mama.

4) It’s not all about the hens though. You may have seen the video of a very speedy little rooster racing to the school bus to meet a little girl getting off each day. If you haven’t, it’s worth checking out. The youtube video currently has over 2,800,000 views and counting. The inquisitive and active rooster named Frog also watches his owner do dishes and he “helps” do the laundry.

While these are just some of the chickens making names for themselves on the Internet, we expect many more to follow suit as the backyard chicken trend continues and people discover the personalities under the feathers.

For example, keep an eye out for our very own Alfredo Fluffybutt, a small town rooster with big attitude, a couple of peacocks for best friends, and, well…a very fluffy butt. Always “talkative” and happy to stop and post for a picture, he even has his own Instagram and Facebook accounts.


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