Your Monday just got a lot better. The Internet is a great place to brighten up your day with its endless stream of viral videos, but the one going viral today might change the way you think of chickens forever.
Nobody on twitter could be sure WHAT was going on here when the video first emerged, but word on the street is that there’s actually different breeds of chickens you had no idea existed. This one looks a lot more like a dang velociraptor than the source of our innocent little chicken nuggets! Is it science? Is it a conspiracy? Is it fake news?
Nope! Turns out the chickens we know and love vary in weight from around 2-8 pounds. This monster-sized chicken (whose name, by the way, is The Big Boss) is actually called a Brahma chicken and can weigh as much as 14-18 pounds… that’s roughly the weight of a car tire!
The Brahma became such a large breed of chicken thanks to the United States literally “creating” them from very large birds imported from the Chinese port of Shanghai. Regular chickens were cross-bred with Chittagong chickens to create this hybrid bird that became the principal meat breed in the US from the 1850s until about 1930, according to wikipedia.