The restaurant bought a full-page spread in the Sun and Metro newspapers that shows an empty bucket of chicken with crumbs.
The ad, featured in the Friday edition of the paper, included a comic reordering of the brand name's lettering to spell out "FCK".
KFC said it is is struggling to find charities which will accept the surplus chicken - as many have safety policies which rule out accepting fresh meat. The chain blamed the shortage on "operational issues" during deliveries.
A chicken restaurant without any chicken.
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The fowl shortage, which KFC attributed to delivery issues, forced the chain to close more than half of its 900 British restaurants this week.
"England is nearly a full week into its "chicken drought", the result of KFC switching food distributors to save money, only to have that backfire tremendously when its new bargain-rate delivery partner, DHL, didn't, uh, deliver".
"We wouldn't want to open without offering our full menu... but we'll be back at the fryers as soon as we can". "Thank you for bearing with us", the finishing remark reads.
The Clacton store has now re-opened as are many more across Essex.