Heinrich was born northeast of Berlin in a chicken fattening plant. This hybrid breed of chicken was the last broiler chicken of his generation at the farm. He was bought by the artist in October 2015 and transferred to a suburban petting zoo. There he spent the last few months of his life as a free living sculpture. Heinrich passed away on January 18, 2016. He surpassed his life expectancy by several months, although his lifespan was still short compared to that of a non-hybrid chicken.