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In a message dated 95-11-30 18:14:22 EST, martz@holly.ColoState.EDU (Jeffrey
Martz) writes:

>     What are chickens trying to do when they flap thier wings when you 
>chase them?  Are they remembering thier flying roots and trying to fly 
>(and uninterntionally producing drag by extending thier wings), or are they 
>trying to boost running speed?

Maybe this helps simply by creating confusion and making the chicken more
difficult to catch. Chickens have wings, albeit not particularly flightworthy
ones, and they'll use them however they can.