1275 North Thompson Avenue, Arroyo Grande, California 93420
Poultry Firas Farms
15607 Atlantic Avenue, Compton, California 90221
14952 Valley Boulevard, La Puente, California 91746
The Sheriff of Pollardville
13325 California 88, Lockeford, California 95237
Al Salam Polleria
3980 Whittier Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90023
821 East Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90021
LA Fresh Poultry
121 North Virgil Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90004
750 North Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90032
1947 Garnet Street,
(With a Muffler Man and a Giant Statue of Liberty Head)
8261 Bolsa Avenue, Midway City, California 92655
3412 Marcus Avenue,
Newport Beach, California
Donahoo's Golden Chicken
1074 North Garey Avenue, Pomona, California 91767
Donahoo's Golden Chicken
5749 Mission Boulevard, Riverside, California 92509
All Pet Feed & Tack
25598 Base Line Road, San Bernardino, California 92410
Juan Pollo Corporate Headquarters
1398 North E Street, San Bernardino, California 92405
Screaming Chicken Saloon
18169 Cajon Boulevard, San Bernardino, California 92407
Slavko's Harbor Poultry
1224 South Pacific Avenue, San Pedro, California 90731
Best Live Poultry and Fish
12253 Foothill Boulevard, Sylmar, California 91342
Marshall's Bodacious BBQ
6353 Ventura Boulevard, Ventura, California 93003
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Anaheim Packing House - 440 South Anaheim Boulevard, Anaheim, California 92805 (at least two solid white roosters are located here)
- Windmill Farms - 1275 North Thompson Avenue, Arroyo Grande, California 93420
- The Farm House Restaurant - 6261 Joshua Palmer Way, Banning, California 92220
- Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant - 8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, California 90620 (Rooster Might Be Gone?)
- Poultry Firas Farms - 15607 Atlantic Avenue, Compton, California 90221
- Tom's Farms - 23900 Temescal Canyon Rd, Corona, California 92883
- Larry's Produce - 4606 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield, California 94534 (open seasonal, may not have rooster still or have it out, had crop circles in fields in 2003)
- Alpine State Highway, Jackson, California 95642
- Poor Man's Bronze - 824 California 88, Jackson, California 95642
- Bob's Burgers - 14952 Valley Boulevard, La Puente, California 91746
- The Sheriff of Pollardville - 13325 California 88, Lockeford, California 95237
- Al Salam Polleria - 3980 Whittier Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90023
- Imperial Poultry - 821 East Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90021
- LA Fresh Poultry - 121 North Virgil Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90004
- Matador Poultry - 7201 South Alameda Street, Los Angeles, California 90001
- Morsy Farm - 6900 South Central Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90001
- Superior Poultry - 750 North Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90032
- 1947 Garnet Street, Mentone, California 92359 (With a Muffler Man and a Giant Statue of Liberty Head)
- Baladi Poultry - 8261 Bolsa Avenue, Midway City, California 92655
- Wilson's Feed and Supply - 1700 Yajome Street, Napa, California 94559
- 3412 Marcus Ave Newport Beach, California 92663 (residential house covered in pirates and other statues)
- Donahoo's Golden Chicken - 1074 North Garey Avenue, Pomona, California 91767
- Donahoo's Golden Chicken - 5749 Mission Boulevard, Riverside, California 92509
- All Pet Feed & Tack - 25598 Base Line Road, San Bernardino, California 92410
- Juan Pollo Headquarters (Also Location of the First McDonald's) - 1398 North E Street, San Bernardino, California 92405
- Screaming Chicken Saloon - 18169 Cajon Boulevard, San Bernardino, California 92407
- Slavko's Harbor Poultry - 1224 South Pacific Avenue, San Pedro, California 90731
- Best Live Poultry and Fish - 12253 Foothill Boulevard, Sylmar, California 91342
- Banducci Road, Tehachapi, California (possibly formerly from Jack Palance's estate)
- Marshall's Bodacious BBQ - 6353 Ventura Boulevard, Ventura, California 93003
- Vidal Junction Cafe - Vidal Junction, California 92280 (at least two giant chickens)
- ed of Escondidoon 2016-10-06 said:
- There's a big fiberglass cock on display at Hawthorne Feed in Escondido on Valley Parkway.
- Charles of Sonora , California on 2014-05-02 said:
- Link to some more Giant Chickens. Also one is located at Poor Man's Bronze in Jackson CA.
Last Edited: 2016-08-24