On Sept 10, 1945 Lyold Olsen in Colorado witnessed a strange thing that changed his life forever. Olsen planning to have dinner with his wife and Mother-in-law, went outside to fetch one of his chicken for the meal. As expected at the first strike of the farmers axe, the chicken would drop dead but things went for better south. He chose a Wyandotte chicken for the slaughter and when he hit the chicken , it removed its head but his jugular vein and brain stem remained unhurt.
The bird started running, pecking for food and crowing though groaning. Failed to secure the meal tonight, Lyold decided to put the chicken away for the night until it dies. The next morning , he opened the door of the barn and was taken aback at the sight of the Bird; it was Mike , who refused to succumb.
Slowly, the news started to become talk of the town. The story of headless chicken was so fascinating as well as horrifying that everybody was astonished. Farmer would place bet with his friends that he has a headless chicken in his trunk. It were these stories that gave birth to Miracle Mike. Lloyd fed him a mixture of milk, water through an eyedropper and small grains.
Mike began a career in a touring sideshow and at the height of his career earned USD 4,500 per month ($49,300 today)and was valued at $10,000. He was being featured in Time and LIfe magazines, local dailies and other publications. The chicken who refused to die turned out to be a golden goose for the Olsen family who now traveled with Mike and showcased him.
In March , 1947 in a motel of Phoenix, Olsen woke up to the sound of choking in the middle of the night. A kernel of corn had made it to the throat of Mike which made it hard for him to breathe. Olsen had forgotten the cleaning and feeding syringes at the sideshow the day before. Unable to get the kernel out from his throat, Miracle Mike choked to death. His trachea could not get enough air to breathe.
The farmer claimed he had sold the bird and there were also unverified rumors of Mike touring the city. Fruita Colorado hosts an annual “Mike The headless Chicken day” and a statue of the headless Mike can bee seen in Fruita. The Olsen’s still live in the place