College Welcomes Chicken on Campus

The hen should have no problem surviving the winter

By Nicola Orichuia
|  Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009  |  Updated 9:51 AM CDT
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A chicken that showed up at Concordia University has become the cock-of-the-walk at the private college.

Students have welcomed the chicken, which mysteriously appeared on the River Forest college campus grounds in late August, with open arms, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Community and media relations director Kim McCullough, at the 5,000-student liberal arts college, said the chicken “is simply a bird on campus and not a nuisance.”

Students are putting up pictures of the fowl on their Facebook pages and uploading videos on YouTube, proudly showing off their new campus pet.

They may even adopt it as a mascot, but first they have to figure out what to do with the clucker over the winter. 

"It's the only chicken on campus that I know of," said Paul Brooner, a 21-year-old senior. "I don't want the chicken to die over the winter."

Sub-freezing temps can cause health problems for hens, but they adapt well to cold weather.

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