Chicken

Chicken

by Annie Potts

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Overview

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 are consumed around the world every year.
In Chicken Annie Potts introduces us to the vivid and astonishing world of Gallus gallus. The book traces the evolution of jungle fowl and the domestication of chickens by humans. It describes the ways in which chickens experience the world, form families and friendships, communicate with each other, play, bond and grieve. Chicken explores cultural practices like egg-rolling, the cockfight, alectromancy, wishbone-pulling and the chicken-swinging ritual of Kapparot; discovers depictions of chickenhood in ancient and modern art, literature and film; and also showcases bizarre supernatural chickens from around the world including the Basilisk, Kikimora and Pollio Maligno. Chicken concludes with a detailed analysis of the place of chickens in the world today, and a tribute to those who educate and advocate on behalf of these birds.
Numerous beautiful illustrations show the many faces (and feathers and combs and tails) of Gallus, from wild roosters in the jungles of Southeast Asia to quirky Naked-Necks and majestic Malays. There are chickens painted by Chagall and Magritte, chickens made of hair-rollers, and chickens shaped like mountains. The reader of Chicken will encounter a multitude of intriguing facts and ideas, including why the largest predator ever to walk the earth is considered the ancestor of the modern chicken, how mother hens communicate with their chicks while they're still in the egg, why Charlie Chaplin's masterpiece required him to play a chicken, whether it's safe to take eggs on a sea-voyage, and how 'chicken therapy' can rejuvenate us all.
This book will fascinate those already familiar with and devoted to the Gallus species, and it will open up a whole new gallinaceous world for admirers of the intelligent and passionate chicken.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781861899644
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date: 07/11/2012
Series: Animal
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

 Annie Potts is associate professor at and codirector of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.

Table of Contents

1. From T. rex to Transylvanian Naked Necks
2. Chicken Wisdom
3. Chickenlore
4. Popular Chickens
5. Gallus graphicus
6. Meat Chicks and Egg Machines
Epilogue: Appreciating Chickens

Timeline of the Chicken
References
Select Bibliography
Associations and Websites
Acknowledgements
Photo Acknowledgements
Index

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Chicken 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I HAVE 4 CHICKENS THAT LAY EGGS AND ONE ROOSTER I AM SELLING 2 CARTONS OF EGGS FOR 5 $ ANY BODY WANT SOME I HAVE ENOUGH FOR 2 CARTONS SO PS I LIVE IN NEW MEXICO IN LOS LUNAS SO ANY BODY UP FOR EGGS ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With cramps and a heavy flow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"That's mean."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go to small res 7. I will take care of you.~Gingerstae
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A diamond colored shekit with brilliant aqua blue eyes. She is very cute and cuddly . She is homeless and has no mother
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi. My name is uglykit. My mama abandoned me because i wasnt pretty like my brothers and sisters. I am grey and my face is a litle deformed looking. My jaw is crooked and one murky brown eye is a little saggy. My ears are weirdly shaped beacuse they were bittem and not healed properly. I have a stumpy tail and i walk funny. Even though I am ugly and not a cute cuddly baby i still want a mommy that will love me and care for me always. I am two moons.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book i really all it says it is about.