The song that’s used for the dance was composed by Swiss accordion player, Werner Thomas, in the 1950′s and originally titled “Der Ententanz” (The Duck Dance). In the late 1970′s, the name of the song was changed to “Vogeltanz” (The Bird Dance) or “Vogerltanz” (Little Bird Dance or Birdie Dance). When arriving to America in the 1970′s, the song had acquired choreography with repetitive beak, wing, and tail motions and the name was again changed to the one we all know and love-“The Chicken Dance“.
Everyone knows this song and its accompanied dance. This might be the reason for the creation of this unofficial holiday, though the true origin remains unknown.