The rooster’s call can often be heard in the early hours in the countryside to signal a workday’s beginning; however, many have taken to keeping them as pets, and the different breeds of chickens also come in different sizes.
A Japanese social media user, @daiouika0316, recently posted a photo of two chickens standing side by side on Twitter, only to have their adorable height difference become a viral topic online.
The chickens standing together looked just like an adult with a child, leading many social media users to say that no one would dare bully the small rooster.
— ダイオウイカ (@daiouika0316) August 24, 2021
The Japanese social media user pointed out that the huge chicken is a “Brahma Chicken”, and is the largest chicken breed in the world.
He explained that the Brahma chicken he kept weighed around 4.5 kilograms, while the smaller standing next to it (the “Serama”), is the smallest chicken breed in the world.
— ダイオウイカ (@daiouika0316) July 2, 2021
As Brahma chickens used to be kept as livestock, farmers in the United States used them as the main source of meat in the early 20th century due to their large size, according to ABC News.
The original purpose of raising Brahma chickens was to stabilize the supply of meat and eggs in the U.S., but now they are kept mostly for show.
Their huge appearance and calm demeanor have become a source of attraction for curious animal lovers. In addition, due to its scarcity, there are very few Brahma chicken breeders in Taiwan.
As soon as the post was published, it immediately became a hot topic among Japanese social media users with some quipping that it looks like a big brother taking his younger sibling out to play.
Others also joked that it would make a good chicken guard, while a nervous social media user said they would definitely cry out if the chicken suddenly flapped its wings and flew.
However, some social media users also asked whether the chicken is aggressive, leading to the breeder immediately jumping out to defend it, explaining that though its appearance will make people think it is very vicious, it’s in fact, extremely gentle.
Nonetheless, he also pointed out that it’s best to avoid angering it when in contact with it.