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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Min edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810990652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810990654
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wow! If you thought chickens were scrawny brown things, pecking around in the dirt you won't believe your eyes when you see what's between the covers of this fun-sized, all-colour book on chickens. Chickens with bouffant hairdos, chickens with "fur", chickens that look as if they have been drawn by animators on acid. Long legs, short legs, legs with "trousers" on, legs with scales. Proud roosters strutting their stuff, miniature bantams with Napoleon complexes, coy araucanas hiding their heads. Photographer Stephen Green-Armytage manages to capture the nature and beauty of an enormous range of exotic, ornamental chickens from around the world. Accompanied by knowledgeable descriptions and origins of each bird, every photograph is guaranteed to bring a smile to the face if not an outright chuckle at the absurdity of some of their appearances and expressions. Chicken fancier or not, this is a must for lovers of animals, birds, the exotic and the bizarre. Fabulous. - Lucy Watson

About the Author

Stephen Green-Armytage received his master's degree in English from Cambridge University in England, where he was also chairman of the Photographic Society. In addition to much advertising and corporate work, he has photographed many well-known politicians, athletes, and other celebrities, and his work has appeared in numerous books and periodicals, including Sports Illustrated, Life, Fortune, Smithsonian, Good Housekeeping, and various European magazines. He is also author and photographer of Abrams' Extraordinary Pheasants, the delightful children's book Dudley: The Little Terrier That Could, and the forthcoming Extraordinary Pigeons.

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Great coffee table book!
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Very nice photos and information about some uncommon breeds.
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This book is full of beautiful and exotic chickens.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Floyd on October 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I recently picked up a copy of Extraordinary Chickens & was delighted with both the photo layout & the treatment of the subject. The author (who some may remember from the photo article on chickens in Life magazine in the early 1980s)consulted with chicken experts & exhibitors around the world to produce this feast for the eye - a wonderful collection of the bizarre & the beautiful - most people will be astonished at the variety of colors, shapes, & sizes available in the world of the pure-bred exhibition chicken.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By PJL on October 16, 2000
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You have to know them to love them, and this book is a must for anyone who knows chickens! Or just likes looking at great animal photos! What a treat to spend time getting to know another animal personality. Get on to it!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Johanna Stephens on February 25, 2001
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The book teaches, it enlightens and it delights. The photographs are truly extraordinary and not just for the aficionado of rare poultry. The entire book is simply a feast for the eye and with very useful text. A perfect gift for the chicken lover in your life.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Stone on September 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is 112 pages of fantastic photos portraying poultry, exotic and domestic,in the most grandios fashion. You'll never look at a chicken the same way again! (excepy,maybe,if your'e having mashed potatos and gravy) Incredulous crests! Striking split combs! Magnificent beards,muffs,whiskers! Exciting and unusual feather patterns and colors are included in this wonderful collection. You will also enjoy the infusion of interesting information about the assorted breeds.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Lovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on December 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Polish chickens (as displayed on the cover and interior of this book) are a strikingly unusual breed. According to the author, they may actually be Italian chickens, originating near the River Po. They are the avian equivalent of Old English Sheepdogs. Ice can form in their topknots in cold weather, and their crest feathers restrict vision, which causes them to be easily frightened. However, they see very well downward, which after all is the food direction for chickens.
I'm not precisely a poultry romantic, having once helped a friend clean out a chicken coop. But Stephen Green-Armytage's book, and yearly visits to the Poultry exhibit at the Michigan State Fair have convinced me that I am going to raise chickens some day. Just the thought of a flock of Owlbeards, Polish Frizzles, or Buff Orpingtons bobbing through my garden and gobbling up the cutworms and grasshoppers is enough to make me smile. I can always hire someone else to clean out the coop.
"Extraordinary Chickens" is not a how-to poultry manual. It is a book of beautiful photographs that grew out of an assignment the author undertook for "LIFE Magazine." There is also some explanatory text on a small but striking selection of the more than five hundred poultry breeds that have been recorded by poultry photographers such as Josef Wolters and Rudiger Wandelt. It certainly stands testament to the breeders'desire to develop chickens with an amazing variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. There are photographs of chickens with combs like red sea coral (Hamburgs) and Moose antlers (Sicilian Buttercups); chickens with tails that are twenty feet long (the Phoenix or Onagadori); and chickens that look like pheasants (Sumatras) or Bulldogs (Cornish game birds---at least from the front).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E M Taylor on October 4, 2001
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If you have any interest in beautiful birds of any species, I suspect you will like this book. The photography is of the highest quality and Mr. Green-Armytage has a wonderful way of presenting the birds as special characters, not just standard poses. He has done a wonderful job of selecting a wide variety of lovely chickens from both British and American poultry shows. There is just enough text to whet one's interest in the breeds. Unfortunately, the index only has page numbers for the photos. Descriptions of the birds need to be hunted up on your own. But you bought it for the photos of lovely, strange and cute/funny birds.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I brought this book for my Boyfriend a vet who loves chickens. He adores this book and carries it around with him to show people why he has such an unusual obsession. I am not a poultry fan, but the pictures are absolutely wonderful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By theduchess on August 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
An entertaining, well-organized, informative book. A must read for the chicken-lover! Each breed featured is detailed in a short, but informative paragraph close to the photograph of the bird in discussion. Folks who read this book will never look at the "ordinary" chicken in the same light again. They are beautiful creatures who deserve the same recognition and respect as a show canine or show feline. And,the photography is excellent!!
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