Viral Big Chicken Video Isn’t a Fake, But Footage Has Left Some Terrified

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A video of a rather large chicken took Twitter by storm over the weekend, sparking a debate over whether it was real.

The original “big chicken video,” posted early Sunday, quickly went viral, and has been retweeted tens of thousands of times since then.

After watching the footage — which apparently terrified some — users debated whether or not the chicken was indeed real.

A lot of people wanted it to be #FAKECHICKENNEWS, if only for their own mental health. Some even speculated it was simply a man dressed as a chicken.

As horrifying as it was to some, the video is definitely not fake. The rooster in question has all of the characteristics of a Brahma chicken, a large breed of chicken cultivated in the U.S., according to the Livestock Conservancy, which confirmed the video’s authenticity on Monday.

For a while, at the turn of the 20th century, they were the most in-demand meat breed in the country.

“Often referred to as the ‘King of All Poultry,’ the Brahma chicken is appreciated for its great size, strength, and vigor,” according to the Livestock Conservancy’s website.

Documented cases show that they can reach up to 18 pounds, though 10 to 12 pounds were more or less average for the breed.