Unique gift crows happy birthday

Monday, June 15, 2015

By ELEANOR C. HASENBECK

Staff Writer

A big chicken was a big surprise for a Poplar Bluff homeowner.

Debora Rayburn's six feet tall chicken was a birthday present from her husband, Jim.

"I would say this would be the most surprising birthday present that I've ever gotten her, without a doubt," he said.

Jim Rayburn said he bought the chicken because the couple cares for a menagerie of animals, including chickens. He purchased it from an antique spot in Greenwood, Miss. where once, in passing, they couple had laughed at a giant flamingo outside of the shop. When he saw the giant chicken, he bought it, put the seats down in his Dodge Durango and hauled it back to the couple's home in Poplar Bluff. It stayed in the Durango until the morning of Debora Rayburn's birthday.

"I was shocked. I never never thought that he would do something like that... Generally, for my birthday, I get a pot of flowers or a wheelbarrow, but this year for my birthday I got a chicken. A really big chicken," Debora Rayburn said.

Now, when giving directions to her home, she tells friends to just look for the giant chicken.

"It was one of those things. I thought it was kind of unique," Jim Rayburn said.

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