Weird California
Weird California
Weird California - By Joe Parzanese

Giant Chickens

Map Windmill Farms
1275 North Thompson Avenue, Arroyo Grande, California 93420

Map Poultry Firas Farms
15607 Atlantic Avenue, Compton, California 90221

Map Bob's Burgers
14952 Valley Boulevard, La Puente, California 91746

Map The Sheriff of Pollardville
13325 California 88, Lockeford, California 95237

Map Al Salam Polleria
3980 Whittier Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90023

Map Imperial Poultry
821 East Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90021

Map LA Fresh Poultry
121 North Virgil Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90004

Map Superior Poultry
750 North Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90032

Map 1947 Garnet Street, Mentone, California 92359
(With a Muffler Man and a Giant Statue of Liberty Head)

Map Baladi Poultry
8261 Bolsa Avenue, Midway City, California 92655

Map 3412 Marcus Avenue, Newport Beach, California 92663

Map Donahoo's Golden Chicken
1074 North Garey Avenue, Pomona, California 91767

Map Donahoo's Golden Chicken
5749 Mission Boulevard, Riverside, California 92509

Map All Pet Feed & Tack
25598 Base Line Road, San Bernardino, California 92410

Map Juan Pollo Corporate Headquarters
1398 North E Street, San Bernardino, California 92405

Map Screaming Chicken Saloon
18169 Cajon Boulevard, San Bernardino, California 92407

Map Slavko's Harbor Poultry
1224 South Pacific Avenue, San Pedro, California 90731

Map Best Live Poultry and Fish
12253 Foothill Boulevard, Sylmar, California 91342

Map Marshall's Bodacious BBQ
6353 Ventura Boulevard, Ventura, California 93003

A giant rooster watches 101.
A giant rooster watches 101.

Red Rooster in <a href='location.php?location=763'>Overton, Nevada</a>
Red Rooster in Overton, Nevada

International Fiberglass is perhaps best known here as the company that made the Muffler Men that stand guard on our highways, but they also built other fiberglass statues such as the well known Sinclair Dinosaurs and the less known, but oh so awesome, giant rooster! At 8 feet tall, 3 feet wide, 5 1/2 feet long and weighing in at 100 pounds of fiberglass, these colorful fowl often could be found standing on top of or outside of chicken stores throughout the country.

So when my sister informed me that she had seen a giant chicken near Nipomo, it raised my curiosity. On my way home from my sister's house, my wife and I caught the large bird, actually a rooster, outside Windmill Farms in Arroyo Grande, perched on a flat bed old style truck, viewable off of Highway 101, standing proud for passing motorists to see.

International Fiberglass specifically targeted chicken restaurants for the big birds, and advertised them as "Something to Crow About . . . this Gigantic Rooster. Whether mounted high on the rooftop, at ground level, or wherever, this giant sales booster is an effective display that can be seen for blocks around."

Presented here are more views of the giant rooster from a few different angles. These three pictures are from the Arroyo Grande bird.

Sylmar - photo courtesy of Roy Hembree
Sylmar - photo courtesy of Roy Hembree

At the time I thought there were only four of these massive birds in California (one in the hills near Jackson, one in someone's side yard in Lockeford, and one on top of a building in Los Angeles). But as it turns out there are easily at least 20, and probably more than 30 of these birds lurking in California, including a full on infestation down in Los Angeles!

Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County has the highest concentration of roosters in the state, perhaps even the world. Due probably to the proximity of International Fiberglass's headquarters formerly in Venice, California, the entire county plays host to about eleven giant roosters. Six of those can be found just in the city of Los Angeles. We've managed to grab pictures of the one on Whittier Boulevard, the one on E. Washington Boulevard, a hasty picture of the one on N. Virgil, and the bird in Chinatown.

Virgil Avenue in Los Angeles
Virgil Avenue in Los Angeles
Los Angeles - Whittier
Los Angeles - Whittier
Los Angeles - Whittier
Los Angeles - Whittier
Los Angeles - Imperial Poultry
Los Angeles - Imperial Poultry

Five other cities in Los Angeles County also play host to a giant rooster (and we've managed to get pictures of all five!): Compton, La Puente, Pomona, San Pedro, and Sylmar. Special thanks to Roy Hembree for the picture of the Giant Rooster in Sylmar. La Puente's giant rooster is outside Bob's Burgers while San Pedro's giant rooster is outside Slavko's Harbor Poultry and are in really good condition. You can see more info on the Pomona rooster down below in the entry on Donahoo's Golden Chicken.

Compton
Compton
Compton
Compton
La Puente Giant Chicken
La Puente Giant Chicken
La Puente Giant Chicken
La Puente Giant Chicken
San Pedro
San Pedro
San Pedro
San Pedro
San Pedro
San Pedro
San Pedro
San Pedro
Chinatown - photo by Katie Peña
Chinatown - photo by Katie Peña

Chinatown

Yet another giant chicken in Los Angeles, located on North Broadway in Chinatown is Superior Poultry and they too have a giant rooster on their roof! It's your standard white bird, with the typical paint job of so many other Giant Roosters in the city. Special thanks to Katie Peña for one of the pictures of the rooster in Chinatown!

Orange County

Next door to Los Angeles County, Orange County adds an additional five giant roosters, with two all white roosters residing at the Anaheim Packing House. We've managed to collect pictures of the giant chicken in Midway City and in Newport Beach. The one in Newport Beach isn't alone though. If having a giant rooster live on your house isn't enough, the rooster in Newport Beach is surrounded by an entire crew of pirates too!

Chinatown
Chinatown
Midway City - Baladi Poultry
Midway City - Baladi Poultry
Midway City - Baladi Poultry
Midway City - Baladi Poultry
Midway City - Baladi Poultry
Midway City - Baladi Poultry

Pirates and their Pet Chicken!

In Newport Beach, one of the giant roosters brought along an entire ship's crew of pirates! There's a whole bunch of pirates swarming all over this house just like in Disney's Pirate's of the Caribbean; there's even a Captain Jack Sparrow. The pirates are in the middle of various pirate acts ranging from swinging down from the balconies to drinking various forms of alcohol. In addition to all the pirates, there is an Indian and a cowboy, a hunchback, some skeletons, the Statue of Liberty, a few animals and perched on the corner of the roof, a giant pinkish rooster! Yes the giant pinkish rooster is one of International Fiberglass's giant roosters, painted red and pink. Parking is a bit difficult in the area, but you can walk right up to many of the statues and pose for pictures with them.

Donahoo's Golden Chicken (Pomona and Riverside)

Donahoo's Golden Chicken - There are two of these chicken restaurants, one in Pomona and the second in Riverside. Both are to-go places where you get your food as take out. In both cases, the chicken and the store have seen better days. In the Pomona case, the chicken has faded considerably, while in the Riverside area, graffiti has been drawn on the rooster.

Donahoo's Golden Chicken in Pomona
Donahoo's Golden Chicken in Pomona
Donahoo's Golden Chicken in Pomona
Donahoo's Golden Chicken in Pomona
Donahoo's Golden Chicken in Riverside
Donahoo's Golden Chicken in Riverside
Donahoo's Golden Chicken in Riverside
Donahoo's Golden Chicken in Riverside

San Bernardino

There are three places with giant roosters in the San Bernardino area. The first is All Pet Feed and Tack, which not only has a giant rooster outside its front door, but also a fiberglass cow and horse. The second is the Screaming Chicken Saloon, which looks closed and has a giant rooster on its roof. Its window proudly proclaims "Hot Babes, Cold Beer". The third location is the headquarters for the chicken restaurant, Juan Pollo. This location also happens to be the site of the first McDonalds and now hosts a small museum filled with McDonalds memorabilia!

All Pet Feed and Tack
All Pet Feed and Tack
All Pet Feed and Tack
All Pet Feed and Tack
Screaming Chicken Saloon
Screaming Chicken Saloon
Screaming Chicken Saloon
Screaming Chicken Saloon
Juan Pollo's
Juan Pollo's
Juan Pollo's
Juan Pollo's
Juan Pollo's
Juan Pollo's
Juan Pollo's
Juan Pollo's

Mentone

Mentone just isn't home to a giant rooster, but also a Bunyan style Muffler Man and the giant head of the Statue of Liberty! Located all on the same property along with various signs and other "decorations", the area proclaims itself the Mentone Beach or the Republic of Mentone.

Giant Rooster with the head of the Statue of Liberty
Giant Rooster with the head of the Statue of Liberty
Mentone Giant Rooster
Mentone Giant Rooster
Mentone Giant Rooster
Mentone Giant Rooster
Mentone Muffler Man and Rooster
Mentone Muffler Man and Rooster

The Sheriff of Pollardville

On the outskirts of Stockton, the ghost town of Pollardville use to entertain travelers. Pollardville opened in 1944 and relocated near Highway 99 in 1957. It sadly closed on April 1st, 2007. Pollardville was a touristy "ghost town" that started as a chicken restaurant. As the attraction grew, it added the Pollardville Palace Saloon, the Jamestown Jail, two historic buildings, parts of the movie set from the 1958 movie: The Big Country, and even a train you could buy tickets for and ride.

When it closed it was advertised by a tall sign topped by a giant chicken wearing a hat. The sign had a flashing light up arrow, pointing down, and proudly proclaimed "Best Chicken in the Country". The entire sign straddled a locomotive.

There was a second giant chicken on site hanging out in the ghost town. This chicken also wore a hat, along with a vest, spurs, and even carried a gun and sheriff's badge. The Sheriff of Pollardville was the mascot of the ghost town.

Sadly on April 13th, 2010, after having been closed for three years, Pollardville was demolished. All that remains at the former site, as of May 2015 is the remnants of the tall sign that stood outside the ghost town. But luckily the Sheriff of Pollardville survived and can now be found in Lockefort.

Yes, the hat wearing, gun toting, giant chicken stands on the north side of Main Street in Lockeford. It stands in the private yard of Lisa Pollard, the daughter of the owners of Pollardville. Luckily it can easily be seen from the street and it is in good condition. There is a white fence in the front of the property and you can easily stand on the sidewalk before the fence, see and take pictures of the giant chicken. A decent sized sausage selling cow is across the street and about a half block down. Supposedly the chicken from on top of the tower sign was put into storage by Neil Pollard, Lisa's father and former owner of Pollardville.

The Sheriff of Pollardville
The Sheriff of Pollardville
The Sheriff of Pollardville
The Sheriff of Pollardville
The Sheriff of Pollardville
The Sheriff of Pollardville
The Sheriff of Pollardville
The Sheriff of Pollardville

Ventura, California and Overton, Nevada

We've also managed to get pictures of the giant rooster in Ventura located on top of Bodacious BBQ. Additionally we stumbled completely by accident upon one on top of a bar called fittingly enough the Red Rooster in Overton, Nevada.

Ventura - Bodacious BBQ
Ventura - Bodacious BBQ
Ventura - Bodacious BBQ
Ventura - Bodacious BBQ
Overton, Nevada
Overton, Nevada
Overton, Nevada
Overton, Nevada

And Many Many More . . .

But there are still way more giant birds out there to discover! So now, I hereby declare a great Chicken hunt! If you're near by any of the other giant chickens, I'd really appreciate any pictures that I could use here. I, of course, give full credit for the pictures, and watermark them with your name as well.

List of locations for possible giant fowl include the below. Please note, I haven't visited all these locations, so I don't know if the chicken is still there or not. You can, however, see almost all of them on Google Maps. For the ones that I have visited, you can click on their name for more pictures.

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Last Edited: 2016-08-24