No one knows why the chicken crossed the road, but the jaywalking charge against it was thrown out in court.
An excerpt from the BBC story:
A chicken fined $54 for illegally crossing a road in California has had the charge thrown out by a court.
The fine was dismissed after a lawyer for the bird's owners argued that the fowl was domesticated and could not be classified as livestock.
California law bans livestock from highways, but not domestic animals.
Linc and Helena Moore had been fined on 26 March after their chicken wandered onto a road in the small rural mining town of Johannesburg in Kern county.
They were warned by their lawyer that if the bird continued to cross the road unattended they could face a minor misdemeanour infraction, the Daily Independent newspaper reported.