How’s this for a half-baked notion? Switch Georgia’s state bird from the brown thrasher to the chicken.

The idea comes from Chris Cunningham, president of a company that runs Wife Saver restaurants in Georgia and South Carolina. Why? Because of the chicken’s economic impact on Georgia.

“My wife and I, we sit on the patio and have a cocktail and we were sitting there thinking, ‘what a waste,’ ” Cunningham told “The brown thrasher is the state bird, and what’s it ever done for the state of Georgia?”

He makes his case for the chicken on a Web site, Included is this nugget:

“A chicken once had its head cut off and survived for over eighteen months, headless.”

So, what if the campaign is successful? What’s next?

— Do we replace the governor with the Colonel?

— Do we install a drive-thru at the Capitol?

— And would we swap state songs, from “Georgia on My Mind” to this little ditty?


Alan Gordon

Alan Gordon is a veteran journalist.