Old Montemplumage Had a Chicken! is a DuckTales 2017 comic book story, and the second of four prequel stories focusing on the adventures of Donald, Scrooge and Della prior to the triplets' birth.


The comic opens on a train ride, Scrooge fondly remembers his past experiences as a farmer, treasure hunter and prospector as he proudly shows off his newly acquired treasure, the Golden Chicken. Della shows off her treasure as well, a one-of-a-kind, Earthenware pot, which happens to contain Donald Duck.

The comic flashes back to earlier in the day when the trio are hiking through a jungle in Mexico as they come across a massive temple which was once ruled by the mighty Monteplumage. While marching through the temple, Della Duck comes across an artifact, a golden bird in a cage made of gold. Scrooge instantly recognizes the artifact to be the Golden Chicken, the greatest treasure owned by Montemplumage. However, as the artifact comes to life and begins to attack Donald, Scrooge realizes his mistranslation, it was not the greatest treasure, but the greatest nightmare. Scrooge and Della begin to look for something to stop the chicken when they come across a room with several squares on the wall, each square containing a glyph. Scrooge quickly figures out what they mean and Della gets to work on solving such a puzzle.

Della quickly cracks the puzzle, but to her confusion and anger, all that seems to come from it is Cacao Beans falling out of the walls of the temple. However, as Donald, now trapped under the weight of the Golden Chicken, quickly discovers, the beans have a magical property to them that causes anyone who consumes them to shrink. To get away from the Chicken, Donald takes refuge in a near by pot. Using the newly-learned knowledge, Scrooge McDuck convinces the Chicken to eat the Cacao beans, shrinking it a small size as Della traps the chicken in the golden cage.

Later that day, the trio are on a train ride. Della accidentally spills hot tea on Donald, causing him to yelp in pain. Meanwhile, back at the temple, three totems discuss what just happened, and begin to celebrate when they realize outsiders had stolen the Golden Chicken, remarking that the temple will be a place of peace and comfort for the days to come.




  • The Temple of Monteplumage, Mexico

Trade paperback IDW reprint


  • Donald mentions never eating "square eggs" again. This is a reference Carl Barks' story, "Lost in the Andes!"
vedDuckTales (2017) comics
The Chilling Secret of the Lighthouse!The Repeating Revenge of the Screaming Duck!Big Trouble at Little Lake!The Great Experiment of the Washing Machine!A Viking at My Door!Old Monteplumage Had a Chicken!Cheating Like Nostradogmus!Beware of the Phenomenal Pumpkin People!A Series of Unfortunate Substitutions!Fight!Go, Go Golden Years!Happy, Happy Valley!The Giant Butterfly of Duckburg!There Is No Place Like a Ghost Town!Welcome to Beagle Island!The Stone of Truth!Sleep (Walk) of Doom!The Beast in the Board Room!Spies Like Us!The Frightful Family Fishing Trip!The Risk McDuck Refused!The Twisted Tale of the Two-Headed Horse!The Hedge Enigma!On the Tail of the Run-Amok Raven!When Luck Ran Out!Nightmare on Bear Mountain!Horror in the Highlands!The Greatest Adventure, the Greatest Price!Countdown to Termination!The Mighty Ducks of Duckburg!The Monsters Are Due at McDuck Manor!The Incredible Shrinking Webby!The Greatest Invention He's Never Had!Marooned in Mystery Mansion!Money-Grubbing Hooligans from the Deep!Flintheart... McDuck?!?Saga of the Super-Intern!Silence is Golden!Phantom Science!Where No Duck Has Gone Before, Sort Of!Will the Real Launchpad Please Stand Up!
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