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Chicken to Become Georgia's Official State Bird?

by 5m Editor
26 February 2010, at 8:34a.m.

GEORGIA, US - The chicken is being proposed as the state bird for Georgia in recognition of the importance of the poultry industry.

An Augusta group is organising a movement to try to change the Georgia state bird to the chicken, according to 41 News.

The Flip the Birds campaign aims to change the state bird to the Cornish chicken. Group leaders say the chicken should be the state bird to honour the poultry industry which it says contributes billions to Georgia's economy.

The campaign is gaining support.

Richard King, whose Maryland Fried Chicken restaurant sells 7,000 pieces of chicken each week, agrees the chicken is better known than the current state bird, the brown thrasher.

The brown thrasher was recognised as Georgia's state bird in 1928 but was not officially designated until 1970.