You can now get a harness so your chicken can safely cross the road

You can now get a harness so your chicken can safely cross the road

"Why did the chicken cross the road?" It's probably one of the oldest jokes in the joke book. Seriously, it's up there with set-ups like "A Scotsman, an Englishman and an Irishman walk into a bar" or "Knock knock; who's there?" in terms of joke formats that have been flogged like the proverbial dead horse.

But how many times have you actually seen a chicken cross the road anyway? It's not a common occurrence in my experience. Anyway, there are plenty of unfortunate battery hens out there who never see the outside of a cage, let along get the chance to trot across another road. But I digress.

An image of the chicken harness. Credit: Yesito

It seems as though somebody has taken the joke set-up literally. In fact, they're not so much interested in 'why' a chicken crossed the road, so much as they are preoccupied with 'how.' And to that end, an inventor has come up with a pretty dang wacky invention. Namely, the chicken harness.

That's right folks, you read that correctly: it's a special harness for chickens that allows you to attach a lead to their backs and walk poultry just like a dog. Why you would actually want to do this is beyond me: maybe there are farmers out there who watched Chicken Run and assumed it was a documentary?

Here you can see the product from Yesito.com, which shows how it works. The harness has a simple buckle and adjustable straps that fit any average-sized hen, and if that wasn't impressive enough, it also comes complete with a natty bow tie affixed to the front for when your feathered friend needs to look extra fancy.

An image of the chicken harness. Credit: Yesito

 

That's right: for the price of just $50, you can start walking your own chickens safely across the road. Still, that doesn't answer the question of why anyone would want to. I guess we may never know...