If you think of a chicken, the first thing that comes to your mind is a small flightless bird that you can easily pick up and snuggle. They’re cute and delicate creatures grazing around your backyard. But what if we told you there is a specific type of chicken breed that might scare you just a little bit? The thought of its head peeking through the chicken coop door in the morning before it makes its way to the backyard might send shivers down your spine. All jokes aside, though, this is a story about Weirdo, the meanest and the biggest chicken in the world!
The story of Weirdo, the “Giant rooster”
Specifically, in January 1973, there was a time when the enormous rooster in the world first appeared. It weighed an astonishing 23 pounds! It was Weirdo, the cat-killing super chicken. It sounds unbelievable, but it does live up to the story. This super rooster was born in 1970, but we have to go to the beginning of this story, which began with a teenage boy from West Point, California, Grant Sullens. Grant made it his mission to create a super chicken breed. He was only nine years old when his father brought home three hundred Leghorn chickens and demanded Grant to take care of them, which went well until winter came and harsh cold temperatures caused nearly half of the chickens to pass away. After this tragic situation, Grant decided to begin breeding with hopes of creating a chicken breed that could live through the harsh winter climates of Sierra Nevadas. After five years of trying what other highly paid poultry researchers had failed at, he succeeded at his plan without prior knowledge and experience, and Weirdo was born.
Grant wasn’t well equipped, though, but he was able to use a microscope and tin-can incubators. But with time and help from his high school agriculture advisor, he went about cross-breeding seven different strains of chickens. This included Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Rocks, and Austrian Cross whites. Five years have passed, and a new breed was created and named the “White Sully,” after Grant Sullens himself.
The White Sullies
Grant was very proud of his achievement, understandably, and boasted about his White Sullies being a superior breed, which grew faster and bigger. They didn’t get sick from cancer and other diseases or show any imperfections in the bone structure and adapted very well to different climates. They also laid big eggs in both summer and winter times. It seems like he created a perfect super chicken! But there was one problem… white sullies were mean; very mean indeed! Not just the roosters, which are often louder and more violent than the hens, but the hens as well.
But Grant took this as a positive, meaning the farmers didn’t have to worry too much about predators, and he even suggested a concept of “watch-chickens,” helping or replacing the dogs to keep safe the house. So, he wasn’t trying to defend their mean nature by turning them into pets but rather turned a negative into a positive.
The birth of Weirdo the Giant
Born in 1970, Weirdo hatched from a large and heavy egg, larger and heavier than any other egg Grant has ever seen. According to Grant, the mother hen never laid an egg again after giving birth to Weirdo, as if she was too worn out by it. Weirdo was growing very fast, and even for a White Sully breed, he was surprisingly large. Grant reported having eight stitches after Weirdo attacked him, and he was not able to fight him off. This giant rooster also killed two cats and injured a dog. He was extremely mean, but after three years, he finally got a little worn out from all the fighting and calmed down a few notches.
The future of White Sullies
Grant had big dreams and ideas for his original breed but wanted to attend college, so he hoped to find a buyer. Weirdo and other White Sullies got a lot of attention and interest, especially from the media, since everybody wanted to report on this magnificent bird and its violent but intriguing nature.
However, the chicken industry was already plagued by overproduction and had no interest in another breed, particularly a breed that reported various behavioral issues.
But a large part of this rejection was due to the chicken industry not taking the achievement of this young boy seriously, especially since many of their professional poultry researchers weren’t able to do what he had done at such a young age and without any experience and proper knowledge. Grant did receive many offers from buyers interested in using White Sullies in bird fights, but he refused to participate in this disgraceful industry.
After the first half of the 1970s, Grant Sullens and his super chickens slowly fell out of the news. In 1980, a filmmaker named Errol Morris wanted to film a movie titled Weirdo and Grant Sullens, the developer of the “super chicken,” but the movie never got made. But in 1990, the Guinness Book of Records recorded the new heaviest chicken in the world, which was a White Sully.
Not much more information can be found on white sullies, if they still exist or how far they have made it worldwide, but people on the internet still occasionally will ask about White Sullies and their existence.