Funny old newspaper article don’t come better than this. Chickens just exploding for no apparent reason.
Sorry to the chickens for laughing, I am sure they weren’t too happy about their unexpected demise, but at least they went out with a bang… sorry. Again.
It was discovered that the chickens had picked up carbide discarded by British troops after manoeuvres and then did what all animals do, had a drink. BOOM!
Carbide and water makes acetylene gas and below is a clip of a slightly startled person dropping a small amount of carbide into a glass of water in a backyard experiment. Don’t try this at home 🙂
Can you imagine if the green balloon was the delicate confines of a chickens tummy?
I expect these fowl explosions were less the Looney Tunes type of exploding chickens and more of the busted pillow variety. At best I can imagine a ‘pfffft’, then one or two feathers floating to the ground. A pity really. Sorry chooks, but I wanted a startled ‘cluck’ and a loud POP, then a massive cloud of feathers…