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Chicken

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4.43  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  7 reviews
No creature has been subject to such extremes of reverence and exploitation as the chicken. Hens have been venerated as cosmic creators and roosters as solar divinities. Many cultures have found the mysteries of birth, healing, death and resurrection encapsulated in the hen’s egg. Yet today, most of us have nothing to do with chickens as living beings, although billions ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published January 15th 2012 by Reaktion Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Kabootar Ja Ja Ja
These animal books are excellent for showing the remarkableness of other creations. I credit this exact book for why I am now a vegetarian although that was not Annie Potts' aim.
g-na
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biology-zoology
An interesting book, apparently one in a series each about various animals. This volume is all about the common barnyard chicken and tells us of its origins, a bit about its biology, and describes chickens in art, culture, and lore. There is also extensive information here about the sheer cruelty behind commercially raised chickens; presumably if you're reading this book you at least somewhat like chickens as animals, so it is important to know what happens to bring billions of chicken and egg ...more
Martha☀
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
For such a thin little book, Chicken packs in a huge amount of information. It traces the 10 000 year history of chickens co-habitating with humans, from chicken bones found in ancient middens to cave art and Egyptian drawings. For thousands of years, Chickens have had an impact on humans for entertainment (cock fighting), nourishment, and companionship. Following their glorification in the post-war era to their current state of degradation in factory farms, Potts gives a complete and concise ...more
Kelly Egan
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is such a great book. So informative and easy to read and beautiful! I am such a chicken fan, and I learned so much about the history of these birds, and how far they've come, and how far we've degraded them.

Annie Potts was one of my all time favourite lecturers, and I truly think she's a remarkable teacher and author. Totally, one hundred percent recommend this book to everyone who loves chickens or who just wants to learn more about them. Be prepared to cry though - human treatment of
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Chris
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: natural-history
You will never eat commercial chicken or mass produced eggs after reading this, not just because of the matter of fact description of industrial chicken farming, but also because of the rediscovery and description of the chicken's dignity and beauty. It appears to part of a series-which I will look out for.
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I highly recommend this book for anyone who eats chicken and/or eggs. This isn't some animal rights propaganda with a pro-vegan agenda. It's a very well researched book about chickens; how humans view them, how humans have and still do treat them, and how they fit into human culture.
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Not everything I wanted to know about chickens but a good start; recommended
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