I think I killed a chicken on a chicken bus

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Alright, I didn’t mean to… but I think a chicken may have met its fate under the weight of my 42-pound backpack.

chicken bus belize

I loaded my pack on the back of the brightly painted bus, hopped onto the bumper, and in. I put my bag in the only spot left it would fit, on top of a few boxes and a giant tire, same as I had done all week. At this point, this was our 5th or 6th bus while in Belize, it was becoming routine.

We never seem to time it right to catch the express bus, so passengers are constantly loading and unloading. Midway through the trip the bus driver helps unload another passenger that had some luggage in the back. He pulls our packs off the cardboard boxes I stacked them on.

Chicken bus chicken

I knew that there were actually chickens on chicken buses, but who puts a chicken in a closed cardboard box. Seriously…

The driver looks at me, doesn’t say anything, but he knows… He knows there is now a smashed chicken in a box, but he helps me out and stacks my bag away from the chicken box.

Now I just hope my stop is before the chicken’s owner exits and attempts to claim his now crushed chicken.

Of course, the broken bird’s owner got off a few stops before me. He had a look on his face like someone had just killed his dog. As he lifts the box it utters one feeble cluck. The man then starts a half-hearted argument with the driver before walking off less than happy.

Maybe he was planning on eating it that night… well that’s what I am going tell myself anyway.

25 thoughts on “I think I killed a chicken on a chicken bus”

  1. Well up until now I was raging that I didn’t get to see a chicken despite getting on about five chicken buses per day but your story has made me glad that I didn’t! Poor chicken but in your defence an easy mistake for the council to make.

  2. Tch Tch…
    Poor chicken, had it known its fate, it would have flown away. 😉

    I also have travelled with chickens in the bus, but the owner had it in his hands and sat beside me.

  3. Soooo… ‘Chicken bus’ is not just a clever name. I rode the chicken bus in Guatemala, but it mostly had people on it, I dont’ recall squishing any livestock. Then again, if they’re hidden in boxes how can you tell?!? Maye I did and I’ll never know it?

    • You quite possible did some squishing of your own! They pack these chicken buses full of people/bags/animals/etc! Oh chicken bus so full of entertainment!

  4. I am trying so hard not to laugh. Of course there will be chickens on a chicken bus but in a cardboard box? I would not have looked either, that poor chicken.

    • Poor chicken is right….we too knew we would encounter chicken’s on chicken bus but we didn’t think this is how our first encounter would be!

    • Thanks! Even if it would have been labeled there was a strong chance it would have been labeled in Spanish…..I would be able to understand the POLLO but that’s about it!

    • Adam was sitting in the last row of the bus, he was literally looking at our backpacks killing the chicken…he just didn’t know that was happening until it was to late! We try to sit by the packs, but this usually means we aren’t sitting together because there is NEVER 2 seats together open!!!

  5. Ha ha, great story! Why would you put a chicken in a closed box though? I am surprised the owner was so shocked. If you hadn’t crushed it with your backpack it would have died of suffocation anyway! 🙂

    • So true! Glad you enjoyed the story! Luckily the owner didn’t say anything to us…we just sat there in shock! Poor chicken either way, it was going to be someone’s dinner sometime soon!

    • Thanks for the welcome, we had a great 10 days in Belize! We had a great time exploring parts of Belize we didn’t see our first time here in 2011. We can’t wait to come back again!

    • Plastic crates are very expensive. We can’t afford those…and cardboard boxes are free. Just go to the Chinese store and ask for one.
      PLUS, if the chicken poops, no need to clean the bus afterwards… 🙂
      But don’t worry…the gentleman now has stew chicken for tea.


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