On September 10th, 1945 a rooster was pecking in the dust of Fruita, Colorado.
The unsuspecting five-and-a-half-month-old Wyandotte rooster had never looked so delicious as he did that day.
Clara Olsen was planning on featuring the plump chicken for dinner. She sent her husband, Lloyd Olsen, on a very routine mission — to prepare the designated fryer for the pan. But nothing about this task turned out to be routine.
Lloyd knew his mother-in-law would be dining with them that evening. He also knew that she would savor the crispy-fried neck of the bird. So when it came time for the kill, Lloyd positioned his ax precisely on the chopping block. Estimating just the right tolerances, he executed a skillful blow, leaving a generous neck bone for Mom.
The chicken staggered around, as freshly headless chickens will do. But then a strange thing happened: the determined bird just shook off the traumatic event and never looked back! Miracle Mike, as he has come to be known, simply returned to his job of being a chicken. He pecked for food and preened his feathers just like the rest of his barnyard buddies. Other than missing his head, he appeared as perky as any other chicken in the coop, and Lloyd didn’t have the heart to tell him any differently. He let Mike be for the night.
When Olsen found Mike the next morning, sleeping with his “head” under his wing, he decided that if Mike had that much will to live, he would figure out a way to help him. And the way Olsen finally managed to feed and water the bird is stranger than strange!
Off to Salt Lake City
A week into Mike’s new life Olsen packed him up and took him 250 miles to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. The skeptical scientists were eager to answer all the questions regarding Mike’s amazing ability to survive with no head. Chick Flick: The Miracle Mike Story reveals their bizarre findings — you won’t believe the explanation!
Mike not only survived — he actually remained quite healthy. In the 18 months that Mike lived as the “severed wonder of the world” he grew from a mere 2½ lbs. to nearly 8 lbs. Miracle Mike took on a manager, and with the Olsens in tow, set out on a national tour.
25¢ to See the “Wonder Chicken”
Curious sideshow patrons in New York, Atlantic City, Los Angeles, and San Diego lined up to pay 25¢ to see Mike. The “Wonder Chicken” was valued at — and insured for — $10,000.00.
His fame And fortune would earn him recognition in Life and Time magazines — not to mention a Guinness World Record.
So if the sharp blade of an axe couldn’t do in this legendary bird, then what brought the Miracle Mike Tour to an end? How did this chicken who would never say die, finally die? You can find out the true story in his ONLY authorized film biography, Chick Flick: The Miracle Mike Story — now available on DVD!