THE CHICKEN REBELLION

12/11/2017

The common chicken, or Gallus gallus domesticus, is a farmed subspecies of the red waterfowl thought to have originated from the Indian subcontinent. It has been bred to produce food for humans in the form of eggs and meat, and industrialized to its maximum efficiency. Estimated production numbers worldwide are 50 billion chickens raised per year with a steady 20 billion population to continue the creation process. With techniques such as forced molting, brought on by starvation to enhance the egg quality production and limiting the natural life expectancy of hens by 4 years, these methods create the greatest yields, only to be butchered prematurely. The species has been exploited to the breaking point. The seed of cessation was planted in a rural Georgia town downwind from the national Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta. An errant maintenance man purged a tainted air duct, releasing a strain of aberrant virus that was under investigation and spewing it over to a small free-range chicken farm. It settled upon a clutch of fertilized eggs and a specialized protein production made its way into the DNA of a developing rooster. This virus had appeared long ago on the Plains of Africa and influenced the development of a species of apes. It greatly enhanced pattern recognitions. The infected cock grew quickly and spent most of its time going in and out of the hen house, passing his enhanced genes to his multitude of offspring. He was also passing his knowledge gained from observing the humans who hung around the coop and started seeing their weaknesses. Soon, a staple language developed that enabled the direct descendants to communicate with the peons of the flock. Not long after that, organization, secret meetings, and a monetary system of chicken feed ensued. The fruitful farm was methodically being transformed into a patriotic fowl army and interest grew dramatically. Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the recruiting station. 

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