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Should chicken be Georgia state bird?

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –An Augusta group is organizing a movement to try to change the Georgia state bird to the chicken.

The Cornish chicken to be precise.

The Flip the Birds Campaign says the chicken should be the state bird to honor the poultry industry which they say contributes 25-billion dollars annually to the Georgia economy.

Richard King, whose Maryland Fried Chicken restaurant sells 7000 pieces of chicken each week, agrees the chicken is more deserving than the brown thrasher.

King said "I don't even know what that is. But we all know what the chicken is. So many people depend on the chicken here in Georgia and all over the world really."

The brown thrasher was recognized as Georgia's state bird in 1928 but wasn't officially designated until 1970.

You can read more about the movement at

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