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Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:58am

Augusta Businessman Wants To Change The State Bird To The Chicken

Updated: 7 years ago.
If Augusta businessman Chris Cunningham has it his way the Cornish chicken will replace the brown thrasher as Georgia's state bird. (image courtesy 4H)

An Augusta restaurateur is mounting an effort to change Georgia’s state bird from the brown thrasher to the Cornish chicken.

Chris Cunningham, president of the fried chicken restaurant Wifesaver, is spearheading the campaign, which has been dubbed “Flip the Birds”. Cunningham says the chicken deserves to be recognized because the poultry industry provides thousands of jobs and contributes billions of dollars to the state’s economy each year.

The campaign’s website,, lists a host of reasons the chicken should replace the brown thrasher as the state bird and asks supporters to fill out an online petition.