Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Black Leghorn Chicken

Black Leghorn aka. Livorno Chicken aka. Italian Chicken (possibly a Valdarno Chicken, but seems less likely. Either way, it is a chicken from Italy)
Mission de San Juan Bautista, California, USA
February 2015
Member of the Junglefowl Family
§A Flock of Chickens§

~true bird fact~ Actually, rather than try to summarize what I've learned about this chicken, you should probably just click on this link to theleghornclub.com. It is truly an experience.

~true Mission de San Juan Bautista fact~ Famous for being the Mission in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, it is now overwhelmed with chickens. The town once celebrated their iconic free roaming chickens, including emblazoning them on souvenirs and holding an annual festival and chicken parade. As they are wont to do, people took the whole chicken thing too far, and it became common for unwanted chickens to just be dropped off in the town. It is now a constant battle to keep chicken numbers down.

Formerly imprisoned in a chicken farm, escaped to freedom.... flew the coop, if you will
Inspires others with his example, advocates for chicken's rights
Embraces expressions of culture through traditional art forms (singing, painting, short plays)

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