Can a chicken live for a long period of time with out its head? Looks like they can. Usually this is not really the case… they can stagger around for no more then 60 to some times 90 seconds due to the nerves jerking.
A rooster in Fruita, Colorado on September 10th of 1945 named Mike lived for a total of 18 months and he was headless or nearly so. WOW I bet he ran into walls. Wonder how he ate? That is a very fascinating thing, and so many things goes through your head on how and why this might happen. Here is how it did happen.
Lloyd Olsen was sent out by his wife to get a nice pan fryer. Keeping in mind that his mother-n-law (who loved chicken necks) was coming for dinner, and he wanted to be on her good side, he tried to get high enough on the neck so there would be a nice neck piece for his dear mother-n-law.
When Mike was beheaded by his owner (Lloyd Olsen) …