UPDATE: Chicken that took up residence at Bedford fast food restaurant dies

We have a sad update to a story we first told you about Monday.

"Henny Penny," the chicken that was supposedly uncatchable, has met her end.

Someone tried to trap the hen Tuesday morning, and the bird ended up running it into the road. She did not make it to the other side.

The bird was attracting a lot of attention in Bedford, after making its home in front of a fast food restaurant.


Original story from April 29

If you want to know why the chicken crossed the road, spend some time on East Main Street in Bedford.

A hen makes her way across the busy road several times a day.

"I think it's neat!" said Libby Rexrode, a Bedford resident who works in a nearby dentist office.  "I'm surprised she's lasted this long in the city.  As fast as people go up and down Main Street, I'm always worried she's going to get hit."

"I'm absolutely amazed," said Bedford resident, Sara Braaten.  "I knew that we had deer that crossed the street all the time, but I had no idea we had chickens."

Call it a case of misplaced poultry.  As the story goes, the bird rode into Bedford on the back of a man's truck.

"One of the customers that eats at Hardee's all the time brought the chicken in the back of his pickup," said Gerald Dillon, a Bedford resident who's been tracking the chicken saga.  "He didn't know it was there."

The man never came back to claim the bird and, so far, no one has managed to catch her.

"I was told that they called animal control, but obviously it's a little tricky trying to catch a chicken," said Garrett Hurt, a Bedford dentist who owns one of the buildings where the chicken has been roosting.

For more than a month, the bird has been moving back and forth between four different businesses.  She mostly hides in the bushes to avoid capture and takes off running when anyone gets close.

"It stayed at the post office for a while," said Dillon.  "Now, every morning, it crosses the street and comes to eat at Hardee's with us."

"Someone made her a straw bed in the hedges," said Rexrode, pointing to a bush in front of the Hardee's restaurant.  "She beds down there and when she's hungry she eats at Hardee's."

Customers have been known to feed the bird leftover biscuits.  They've even given her a name.

"I said she ought to have a name and we came up with 'Henny Penny,'" said Mary Jane Wilkerson, who watches the bird's movement from her workplace.

They say a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.  In this case, the one the bush is priceless.

"She should be town our mascot!" explained Braaten.  "Our new town mascot!"

"Henny Penny" may not make it to mascot status.  It's against the law for anyone to keep livestock, fowl, or rabbits in the city limits, so the bird may eventually have to find a new place to call home.