A chicken with its head cut off is more than just a saying. When taking a hatchet to a chicken or performing some other at-home method of chicken slaughter, we’re sometimes guilty of aiming too high for the kill, leaving a chicken confused and partly beheaded, floundering around while we stand by gawking.
Mike The Headless Chicken lived for 18 months without a noggin after a farmer, in a failed attempt at slaughter, axed off his head and missed the jugular vein. “Miracle Mike” was eye-droppered a milk and water mixture until he met his unexpected death over a year later when he choked on a kernel of corn.
Here’s Why a Chicken Can Live Without Its Head - Modern Farmer