Savage Chickens - Celebrating Three Years of Chickens!

Savage Chickens debuted on the web three years ago today! A big thanks to all of you readers for making it all worthwhile! Today’s sticky note shows all of the characters who appeared in more than one cartoon during the past year.

Most-Visited Cartoons

Here’s your collective top ten. These are the most-visited cartoons from the past year:

  1. Eight Steps
  2. A Thwack In Time
  3. Patent
  4. Monday
  5. Scary Stuff
  6. Chuck Norris
  7. A Few Good Chickens
  8. Chaos In Hell
  9. Fourth of July
  10. Twist Ending

Doug’s Top Ten

Nice ones. But I’ve picked a different batch for my Top Ten. Here they are! (in alphabetical order)

Win a coffee mug!

What’s your favourite cartoon from the past year of chickens? Let me know, in the comments below or by email, and you could win your favourite cartoon on a coffee mug. I’m going to randomly draw a few winners at the end of the day!(Update: the winners are listed above!)


Update! Winners announced! The winners of the coffee mugs (and their favourite cartoons) are…

– Jess S. – Chaos in Hell
– Helen W. – Excellence In Management #3
– catmum – Text Messaging

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123 Responses to Third Anniversary!

  1. Hillary says:

    It’s a total toss up between “Bedtime Story” – the chicken’s face in the last frame gets me every. single. time! – and “Text Messaging.” Cause really… who DOESN’T love a pirate chicken??? It’s a pirate! No, it’s a chicken! No! It’s a CHIKRATE! (or was that a PIRICKEN?)


  2. Mary Pat says:

    My favorite is “Goal Setting”

    I like Librarian Hell, too, but I like Goal Setting better.

    Congrats on 3 years!

  3. Robert Williams says:

    I still love the Fear of Change cartoon but the Pirate Text Message has to run a close second.

  4. Fu says:

    I liked the Hangover Cures. Lol.

  5. ILoveJackDaniels says:

    Congratulations on 3 years!

  6. D says:

    I laughed a lot with Nightlife On Elm Street!

  7. Veronicagd says:

    My favourite is Chicken Happyland. Who wouldn’t hate all those smiling trees and things? Rather close on its heels is Slightly miffed cow disease. VERY English, I think, as I am too!

  8. Steve says:

    It’s got to be this one:


    Then again, the Useles Mutants are brill too!

    Cheers Doug, you make me smile every day.

  9. medvssa says:

    Fire and Brimstone *g*

  10. Bacchae says:

    Pirate text messaging. Its one of the few times I’ve doubled over laughing in the last year ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. romain says:

    Many happy returns! My favorite of the past year is “Exciting Future”.

  12. Robert Williams says:

    Hey Doug. All these cartoons sound great. We need an index!

  13. luv2fli2 says:

    I have 2 cartoons posted in my office… Eight Steps and No Rest For The Wicked.

    I’ve tried using the excuse that I was psycho but unfortunately,my bosses are more psycho than I am so it doesn’t work! Takes one to know one, I guess….

  14. bluecat says:

    My favorite would have to be Saint Patrick from March 16. “I want these mother@#*@ing snakes off this mother@#*@ing island!” Loved it!

  15. Misty says:

    I just like the plain ol’ chickens. They are so sarcastic and sometimes uncaring. I love the crazy chicks, er dude’s? Who knows!! They be loved!

  16. Melanie L says:

    Happy third anniversary, Doug!

    It was really difficult to choose just one, but my favourite from the past year is “Saint-Patrick”.

  17. Alex says:

    Not sure youโ€™ll send the mug here to South Africa, but I did want to let you know which chickens made it onto my cubicle wall over the past year or so โ€ฆ

    Best of the year:
    How to save your relationship โ€“ Kiss and makeup

    American Idle
    The life meter โ€“ Life sucks through to lifeโ€™s awesome
    Pirate Text messaging โ€“ R!
    Monday morning maze

    All time best:
    Chicken & worm โ€“ waking up in a bottle of tequila (2006)

  18. guiman says:

    the pirate text message is the best. Hope i win a mug, i’ll be the only one in my country with one of those ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Jonas V. says:

    Definitly “Eight Steps”. Made SC my startup page ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Anonymous says:

    My favorite is Process but I may be biased, LOL. I love them all though. Savage Chickens were my deployment salvation.


  21. bobbie says:

    Congratulations! And keep it going!
    My favorite is definitely “Chicken Change”
    Well – “definitely” can’t be right. There are so many so good.

  22. Bob says:

    My favorite is Eight Steps ( – i would love to see it every day to remind me how important is to put work 2nd in life. Thanks!

  23. garricks says:

    Welcome to Hell is by far my favorite. I live it every day.

    Happy Anniversary and thanks for the laughs!

  24. JaneFan says:

    my fave is “Reconsideration” from Aug 13, 2007. I had it on my desktop, but after a while it depressed me because it was too true.

  25. Ronni says:

    Oh that’s hard. Probably May 10, 2006. I am an editor and I have a post it I drew it on that has been permanently stuck to my date book. It makes me giggle every time.

  26. orangejack says:

    I’ve gotta go with one not mentioned here. An older one called Amadeus. What’s not to like about a Falco joke? They are timeless.

  27. Elynne says:

    It would have to be last yrs St. Pat’s day cartoon: My husband’s favorite is the “Bad Case of the Willies”. Great stuff! Thanks to you, Doug, and your witty fans for making mornings at work bearable!

  28. Veggie Option says:

    My favorite from 2007 is “Where Am I?” on Sept. 7.

    I look forward to Savage Chickens every day. Thanks for keeping us amused, Doug!

  29. peanut and planet says:

    I’m very fond of “The bottom line”

    Very, very fond indeed.

  30. Cecilia says:

    Congratulations! I love this site!! As a nerdy former English major, my pick would have to be “Tolkien vs. Austen.”

  31. Anonymous says:
    I just glanced at a few. I like the Muttering Racoon. Happy Land and Fear of Change are Great too!!

  32. cricket says:

    Happy Anniversary! Love your chickens.

    It’s impossible to chose a favorite, but “Fear of Change”

    and “How to Annoy Runners”

    are my current favorites.

  33. Sylverwynde says:

    I’m tied with my favorites of Still Life

    and Twist Ending

    You gotta love ninjas, and I’m so going to start ruining movie endings for people that way!

  34. Chris says:

    I think that ‘Creepy Freud’ was a brilliant twist
    on the classical psychologist Freud line.

    Happy 3rd Year Doug!

  35. SteveO says:

    We’all down here in Austin, TX loved it when you’all give us a “Bad case of the Willies”.

  36. felicityk says:

    I’m going to reach way back and go for “One Fine Day”.

    Thanks for another year of chickens!

  37. Radu says:

    I’ve only been reading SC for a couple of weeks now, so I can’t really pick a favorite, but if you’re gonna put them on mugs, Monday Ritual is the perfect choice.

  38. Heidi Renee says:

    “Fear of Change” is my ultimate favorite – wish there was a t-shirt!

    Thanks for making me laugh m-f! I so look forward to seeing you in my bloglines, you make the day just a bit brighter. Happy Blogoversary!

  39. Mike says:

    Oddly enough, my favorite one from the past year is quite recent, Dating service. Where am I? is a close second, though.

  40. Tim says:

    Despite it’s complete lack of chickens I really like Raccoon vs Moon. And I suspect that Werechickens have a similar response to the full moon.

  41. Alison says:

    Happy Three! My favorite from last year has got to be the Love Potion. Ninja Library also stuck out as one that made me break out laughing. Now, wouldn’t a mug with Love Potion just be perfect?

    Honourable mention goes to Writer’s Block, Hugging the Cactus, and Psychological Thriller.

    Thanks for all the laughter!

  42. Dan Metcalf says:

    It’s got to be Chaos in Hell ( Kinda spooky, as I’m a librarian and have a recuuring nightmare something like this.

    No, wait…, I messed that up. I have a recurring nightmare where I am a librarian.


  43. Mr. Faust says:


    I’m a huge Chas Addams fan, and “The Snowman” was very, very Addams and very, very funny.

    I’m also a fan of the PoetBot series.

  44. WhizGidget says:

    Congratulations on Three Years! Here’s to many many more post it note pads sacrificing themselves for the cause!

    My favorite? Has to be a Prod3000 cartoon of course, but I have a tie between:
    Align and Deliver
    You’re Fired

    I think the coffee mug would have to be You’re Fired, since that’s sort of what happened to me back in August…

  45. JErich-Oh's says:

    It’s hard to decide, but my favorite ones usually have to do with work. I guess if I had to pick my absolute favorite from this past year, it would have to be the one where the chicken does “nothing with zen-like” focus.

  46. Vinny says:

    My favorite is “Raccoon”. We work with raccoons as well as many other animals and our county is unreasonably paranoid about rabies, so I think this is very funny. Check us out at

  47. Rhonda says:

    My ABSOLUTE favourite cartoon is “Fear Through The Ages!”
    Which reminds me…I didn’t see the chicken with the two vampy fangs up there. I luff him!!

  48. buttercupboxer says:

    Woo HOO!

  49. Bob Jones, Esq. says:

    Mine would have to be “The Big Meeting” (2007-03-06). I totally feel for Timmy…

  50. Zachary says:

    I love the Mourning Ritual, I can’t believe it either!

  51. EvilDucky77 says:

    “Love Potion” or “Welcome to Hell” were definitely my favorites! ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. Andy in San Diego and Elsewhere says:


    It’s too true and reminded me of my last job.

  53. tgrog5 says:

    Not sure if it qualifies, but my all time favorite is The grinch โ€whomicideโ€. It is likely preโ€“2007, but it makes me smile EVERY time I look at it!

  54. Lindsy says:

    Happy Birthday Savage Chickens!

    Day of the Ninja 2007 Was my favourite. I just like the idea of ninjas in libraries.

    Keep drawing your wonderful chickens!

  55. lioness says:

    Hi Doug! Happy Anniversary! I found Savage Chicken just last year and every morning I look forward to seeing what you have up. I gives me something to look forward to.

    As for my favorite, I have to say I love the one with the chickens in the barrel of Monkeys. That just cracks me up! It is how it feels in my office. They are a lot more things that are more fun than this!

    Hey keep up the great work! And we all hope to see many more years of Savage Chicken!

  56. Skeeter says:

    My favorite one is “Twisted Ending” because it’s one that I actually use now. My boyfriend is one of those who just can’t STAND the suspense, and I’m one of those people who love the surprise. It wasn’t until I read that one that I finally got the idea to just twist the movie endings. He falls for it every time!

  57. Mike says:

    Congrats, and thanks for 3 years. I have 5 saved here on my computer at work, and would say the jigsaw puzzle is my favorite, with pirate text message and the halloween candy (candy!) next. The butte-iful rock formation and undead poets society round out the top 5.


  58. GuidotheSquid says:

    Happy 3rd!!
    Oh so many to choose from. But the one I keep coming back to has to he the A-Team cartoon with the flan. That one just cracks me up every time.

  59. FP Art says:

    July 3rd’s Soul Patch comic was my favorite of the year. I can’t believe you’ve been around 3 year now. Congrats.

  60. Sarah says:

    Way back last January, this was my favorite this year:


  61. Leigh says:

    My favorites are Chuck Norris and Saint Patrick.
    How brilliant to have a Chuck cartoon without Chuck even being in it! That chicken has awesome attitude.
    I’d also like to believe that St. Patrick said those very words. It would make history so very entertaining.
    Oh, I just remembered the comic on the Mega Sticky – that one was gret too!
    Congrats on 3 years!

  62. Megan says:

    I like the Spork one. It makes so much sense now. Lol.

  63. Christopher B says:

    Anything related to hockey scores with me. My favorite being

    World of Pain

  64. aly says:

    Happy 3rd, Doug!

    If I had to choose just one favorite, I’d vote for “The Weekend.” Now, thanks to Savage Chickens, I always have exciting plans!

    Close second (and 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th) would be Good Friday, Self Esteem, Ilk, Grail 101, Text Messaging and Where Am I.

    Thanks for helping me get through the week 52 times a year!

  65. christie says:

    These little chickens are what make my work day worth while so keep up the great work!!!

    I really love the ones with or about Chuck Norris they always crack me up but the one that really split my sides was life in eight easy steps!!!

  66. leigh says:

    While i loved “Dating Service,” my favorite for the year would have to be “Tolkien vs Austen.” Its very selective humor amused me so much it is pinned to my cubicle wall. I love laughing at something no one in my office understands.

  67. Cherry Candee says:

    it’s gotta be the welcome to hell one, or any with the Tofu singing Barry White

    oh baby, I love it when you love my love!!!

  68. Heidi says:

    Big congrats on Three Years!! What fun!

    My favorites from the past year are: “Yup. It’s a butte.”
    Marimba, Xylophone etc.
    and “Christmas: a time for gibberish.” So hard to pick a favorite!!

    But my ALL TIME favorite is “Snape’s on a Plane.” I LOVE that one!

    Thanks for all the fun.


  69. Kelly says:

    Congrats on 3 years Doug! WOOHOOO!! Man, it’s really hard to pick a favorite. I’d have to go with Pirate Texting though. That is just so funny. A close second would be Love Potion #8, but the Pirate Texting kills me. Thanks for sharing your chickens with all of us. They really make my day!!

  70. Kat says:

    I have two favorites: Useless Mutants 4 – the Woolverine!, and Severance Perseverance.

  71. Ian Castruita says:

    I’m obligated to say the Refrigerator is my favorite, but not just because of the dedication; How can I not like a cartoon about an appliance wielding a machine gun?

    Alright, Pirate Text Messaging had me rolling on the floor too. Aye, that it did.

  72. lishun says:

    as someone with ambitions to become a psychiatrist, i adore the cartoons on psychology.

    however, “alpaca lips now” has got to be my absolute favourite of the year because it was a bad pun that brought me much-needed laughter…and the alpaca never saw it coming, no siree.

    savage chickens makes my day, every day. thank you for 3 years of laughter. more, please!

  73. Shanny says:

    Congratulations! Fear of Change wins my vote.

  74. PNC @ NBO says:

    Monday Ritual…for sure! I say it all of the time. I was hired for an 8 week temp job, over a year ago. But, my all time favorite was found in the archives…Outside the Box. You are truly a master!

  75. Anonymous says:

    My favorite is Monday Ritual…so true so depressing, yet so funny ๐Ÿ˜‰

  76. Kaja says:

    I found SC about 3 months ago and I just can’t believe I could live without them before! Best wishes from Krakow, Doug ๐Ÿ˜€

  77. tzToonez says:

    Keep up the good work Mr. Savage.
    You ought to market some of these on “Genuine” sticky notes.

  78. chikzrkul says:

    Congrats on three years! I read Savage Chickens every day. I can’t decide which is my favorite…there’s just so many!

    So, Doug…when’s the desk calendar coming out? 2009?

  79. Snowbug says:

    Fave – “This is the police” with the talking handpuppet.

    My husband is a cop, he said if he ever stopped a chicken with a handpuppet THERE WOULD BE NO TICKETS!!!

  80. mattozan says:


    Even though my wife’s an english teacher, I still get mixed up on the whole drink/drank/drunk/drunken thing…

  81. Seraphine says:

    Wow, three years. That’s awesome.

    My favorite? There were two pirates text messenging each other: R. and R. That was from last summer-ish, when I first started reading Savage Chickens and getting hooked.

  82. tazcat says:

    I can’t decide between “Unrequited Love” and “Scale of Life”…


  83. yEvb0 says:

    I like Weird vs Normal – pretty much sums up my philosophy.

  84. Mo says:

    Congrats on your 3rd Anniversary!
    I love Savage Chickens!
    Since “Law & Mordor” was a repeat from a previous year, I have to go with “Fear Of Change”
    Thanks for ALL the laughs this year!

  85. Julien says:

    I liked the “magic trick” from Nov. 26 best, with “Chaos in Hell” a close second.

  86. operadirector says:

    I have to go with “The Moon” from June 26, 2007. That pretty much sums up the genius that is Savage Chickens for me. I still laugh out loud when I think about it. It is also the one I tell people about when I introduce them to the strip.

  87. Cheryl says:

    Excellence in Management 3

  88. Abigail says:

    My favorite is “The Rose” from 1/17/08. The English major in me laughed quite hard at that.

  89. catmum says:

    oh man, don’t make me choose! I especially love the pirate ones, so I’d have to say the rrrr savage pirate chicken is my favorite

  90. jen c says:

    this was really hard! i think i’d have to go with ‘winter fun’ though. i laughed so hard when that came out! and procede to laugh every time i see it!

  91. Laura says:

    Gratuitous Violets and Ninja Library, I think, but it was hard to pick.

    I wish I could look at the ones I’ve forwarded to friends, because all of those made me laugh out loud. (Either that or sigh in a “Ohh, it’s all true…” kind of way.)

  92. LeAnna says:

    I have four favorites: Saint Patrick, The Third Porridge, Refrigerator, and Patent.

    For the one I’d want on a coffee mug, probably would be Saint Patrick. They all still make me laugh-out-loud.

  93. Rachel and Dennis says:

    KISS is my favorite from this year. Thanks for the good times!

  94. DINANA says:


    Congrats on Three Years! I love your Chicken Strips! (ha ha…i crack myself up!)

    My all time favorite, is THE 8 STEPS. Tragic but true! I have it posted at my cube. It’s the one I’d like to get on a mug!

    Keep up the great work! Here’s to many, many more years of Chickens! CLUCK!

  95. luvsdonduck says:

    I love the Friday the 13th cartoons! My favorite is the Friday the 13th: Part IV. Who doesn’t think there’s a maniac behind the wheel!!! This is an altime great cartoon!!!
    Thanks and keep up the “cluckingly” good time!!

  96. Ursula says:

    Excellence in Management 6. It’s like you are spying on my work place…

  97. Suz says:

    It’s a close call, but my favorite is One Fine Day, which totally describes my life (only I work in a lab).

    A close second is the 1st Excellence in Management. All PIs know that pizza trick, and we prove we don’t learn by falling for it every time.

  98. abinikai says:

    My favorite is “Any Card”…mostly because my brother actually does that. He picked up card tricks a little over a year ago and has gotten quite good, and likes to make it fun…he does a great trick where he fans the cards out and says “Pick any card,” but then he pushes a random card forward and wiggles it around to try to force it into your hands. Highly entertaining.

    Anyways, that cartoon was actually our background for a couple weeks (we frequently change our background to the funniest comic that I find, and you should know that Savage Chickens is frequently featured).

    Thanks for the good times!

  99. fishgirl says:

    So many favorites, but Existential GPS popped right into mind. I’d love to have that on a mug ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d even give them as presents.

    LOVE yer cartoon!

  100. Robert Johnson says:

    I still want Hit By A Bus on a tee shirt.

  101. Sam says:

    Trust and Respect!
    This comic hits so much right on the head, but this one goes beyond….and VERY simply makes a statement. love it.

  102. lawanda says:

    aquarian chickens! hello stranger is the best!

  103. Teresa says:

    I can’t pick a favorite, but I want to wish the Chickens a happy birthday and thank you for sharing them with us.

  104. axegrinder says:

    I’ve got to go with “School” (10/31)

    Happy Ani!

  105. Jeff says:

    It’s Satan chicken for me. I work in hell every day.

  106. Tiffany says:

    My favorite is a post–this post. And all because you alphabetized your list. Good human!

    –A Librarian

  107. jsforbes says:

    Congratulations on 3 years, I hope you have many more. Picking a favorite from the entire year is hard but my recent favorite is “Alpacalips Now”.

  108. Joanne says:

    My top 5:
    The Astronaut 11-6
    Writers Block 9-24
    Text Messaging 9-14
    Where Am I 9-7
    Scale of Life 9-6

    Wow, September was a particularly witty month!

  109. Casey says:

    The best one in 2007, hands down: “The First Lady?” I still crack up when I think about that one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  110. Annie says:

    Congratulations on 3 years! I love the chickens.

    My favorite this year would have to be Love Potion from Feb 14.

  111. philosopherva says:

    Oh, Gosh. So hard. Yes, St. Patrick, Eight Steps, Fruit Explosion, Monday Ritual. But if I were absolutely forced, I mean, forced to pick, it would have to be Soul Man.

    Everyone at school looks forward to the evening chicken joke. Class cannot go on until the chicken is viewed.

  112. Joel says:

    My fav is Eight Steps. Its so funny because its so true (for most of us).

    Keep up the good work ๐Ÿ™‚


  113. Henri says:

    My favorite was “Snakes and Corporate Ladders”, but I really had some trouble coming to a conclusion.

    Mad props for making it 3 years! Thanks for all your hard work-I cant’ start my day without a savage chicken.

  114. Anonymous says:

    gosh there are so many! But one of my favs. Is “twist ending”… Other then that I always love the plain, nothing special chickens that are full of sarcasm.

  115. Anonymous says:

    Oh gosh there are so many; right now i love “twist ending” but other than that I love any off the ones with just the plan old chickens filled with all their sarcasm!

  116. Rebecca says:

    Day of the Ninjas from 5 Dec. Because I laughed so hard out loud any OTHER librarian would have shushed me, but a NINJA librarian would’ve shushed me permanently. But I also reeeeealllly love the Text Messaging pirate. So I guess it’s a classic case of Ninja vs. Pirate.

  117. Alice says:

    I have at 5 favorites. Creepy Freud
    Out of Office, New Year’s Eve, Kiss Me and Fear of Change. It’s just impossible for me to decide and choose just one!!!

    Happy anniversary!!

  118. diana says:

    i love “the weekend”… wait…. “a thwack in time”. no…”abandonment issues. aaargh i can’t decide doug. this is a very difficult question. quit being unfair!!!

  119. noricum says:

    Congratulations, and thanks for all the laughs! I think my favourite must be Soul Mate.

  120. neenio says:

    Best of 2007 is the Spork Family Tree. Hands down the cartoon that captures the spirit of Savage Chickens for me: sneak-up-gaffaw-coffee-on-the-laptop humor. Thanks for so many messes.

  121. Dave says:

    So many awesome comics. Thanks for posting this contest – it made me go back and experience a years worth of hilarity!!

    My top three are definitely:

    3. Monday Ritual
    2. Chickens Don’t Have Lips
    1. Cross Country Sledding

    Cross country sledding cracks me up every time I look at it.

    Honorable mention goes to The Big Meeting cause I got something like that coming up mid Feb, and I totally feel Timmy’s pain.

  122. Sian says:

    It’s hard to pick, but I can’t go past ‘The meaning of life’. I think its the moonshine that does it. So many classics…

  123. Snk2u says:

    Definitely, it’s the Scary Stuff. Happy Aniversary!

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