Hens from a village in North East England compete to win the title of World Hen Racing champion.
REPORTER: A lot of pluck perhaps, but there's not much urgency here. The annual World Hen Racing Championships hoped to rival human sport - but for these chicks, racing is for the birds.
MIKE GIBSON, HEN OWNER: "Well the UK is doing well in the Olympics, so why not the chicken?"
REPORTER: Rules are sparse: no dogs, no pecking and winners were almost as scarce as hen's teeth. In fact, organizer John Barry said performance was downright fowl.
JOHN BARRY, ORGANIZER: "I've been here for twenty years now running the hen racing, since 1992, and I can definitely say apart from the final, that is definitely the worst set of hens I have ever seen in my life, shocking, absolutely shocking, the owners need to go back and have another word with themselves!"
REPORTER: And despite many ruffled feathers, there was eventually a winner.
How many hen-related puns did you spot? Here's a list:
1. Pecking order is the colloquial term for a hierarchical system of social organization in chickens (if a bird pecks at something it moves its beak forward quickly and bites at it). The term pecking order is also used to describe the relative status or power of people within a group.
2. Pluck is another word for courage, and if you pluck a chicken, you pull out its feathers to prepare it for cooking.
3. If you say that something is for the birds, you think that it is worthless or ridiculous.
4. If something is as scarce as hen's teeth, it is very difficult or impossible to find. • It was the President's inauguration and hotel rooms in Washington were as scarce as hen's teeth.
5. Fowl is another word for bird, especially one that can be eaten as food such as a duck or a chicken. It's homophone foul means unpleasant or disgusting.
6. If a bird ruffles its feathers, it makes them stand out on its body, for example when cleaning itself or when it is frightened. The figurative expression to ruffle someone's feathers means to cause them to become very angry, nervous or upset. • His direct, often abrasive approach will doubtless ruffle a few feathers.