As every year winter has come... and as every year the hunt for hats and secret has started. So, following the recent events in the Tavern I was following the Chicken tracks back to the Winter Bash site.
Sadly with all the snow, following our little feathered fellow tracks was harder than expected, so I was just snooping around, looking for (chicken) Easter Eggs, and as every year the common test check-list that purple one provided was yielding nothing noteworthy (5 years later, still no dancing cats / bjb animation fro inputting the Konami code on the bash site...).
Then, I remembered sometime ago someone implied something about a Turkey hat possibly be considered as a secret hat for this year. And since secret hats have been historically know to have an url like
I tried with
Nothing, page not found.
Then, it came to me. What about trying with.... The Chicken?
An access denied sign and a chicken? That's.. weird.
pony human friend, I am left wondering. Is that just a minor taunt balpha left there knowing some Derpy user would probably try what I tried or is that a clue to uncover the greater secret of the Winter Chicken of the Bash?
So, as Shadow pointed out in his reply, the response code seems to follow the joke (497 Not a Chicken). Currently no other clue was discovered.
To increase visibility, I will add here what other users already tried to do to see if anything triggers a different result:
- change your username to Chicken and access the link
- try with the somehow related "https://winterbash2017.stackexchange.com/teapot" version (the old Not-a-teapot html error code joke)
- append parameters like "?Chicken=1" to the query string
- change the user agent string to "Chicken"
- added "Chicken" to the request headers