Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Today's Trivia - Matilda The Chicken

Considering that the average lifespan of a chicken is typically no more than seven to eight years, it stands to reason that Matilda was the first chicken to receive the title of ‘World’s Oldest Living Chicken’ from Guinness World Records on April 27, 2004 when she was fourteen.

Matilda was the pet of Keith and Donna Barton of Bessemer, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. They purchased her for $10.00 on October 19, 1990 from a poultry exhibit at the Alabama State Fair. Under the stage names of ‘Mort the Mystifying and Donna, the Bartons were pursuing their goal of becoming professional magicians at the time, and Matilda was part of their plan. Matilda made her debut performance in the magic show on June 5, 1991; her career as a magician’s assistant spanned well over a decade.

She even appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno...



Due to age-related health issues, Matilda retired from show business on October 17, 2005. She died at the ripe old age of sixteen on February 11, 2006.

I’ve no doubt that a major contributing factor to Matilda’s longevity is the affection and pampering she received from her owners, as well as the safe and stable environment she enjoyed living indoors year round.

Who would think that a story about a long-lived chicken would be so endearing? But there you have it.

18 comments:

  1. Fred is considering raising chickens here at home. Hopefully he's not planning on getting into the entertainment business!
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    1. Well, if he does, make sure to share the story...with lots of photos!

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  2. I have always wanted to raise chickens... but only for culinary magic!

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    1. We are allowed to have chickens in our backyards (new bylaw) but only for laying eggs.

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  3. If there's a Chicken Hall of Fame, she should be in it!

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  4. She was certainly pampered! And deservedly so, what a gal!

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  5. Awww...I really enjoyed hearing the story of Matilda and her long and happy life. And I loved Matilda's "mom's" wonderful Alabama accent.

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    1. Yes, I loved that Alabama accent, too! Looks like these folks really spoiled this feathery gal.

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  6. I'm not a big chicken fan. They are so mean to each other, pecking away at the weaker ones, however Matilda seems to be very well behaved!

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    1. I guess they taught her some manners! She's a little more refined.

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  7. Matilda is the perfect name for a chicken! She certainly lived an egg-emplary long (& pampered) life :)

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    1. I know...I thought Matilda is a great name for this bird.

      'Egg-emplary'...hehehe...love your play on words :)

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  8. There are just some pets that I can't see being in the house. Chickens is one, along with others like pigs and squirrels. That would take some getting used to. Living twice the normal life span is amazing though.

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    1. I agree, WebDebris. I can't imagine having a chicken in the house as a pet. But I guess this one was trained in a way that made living with her possible.

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  9. I had a pet chicken when I was younger. Her name was Josephine and she lived until about 2... the day she passed we had chicken for lunch, although my parents swear she beaked some poisonous plant in the back yard...

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  10. Oh...Ana...sounds a little suspicious to me...LOL...

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