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The Chicken: A Natural History Hardcover – October 18, 2012
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The Chicken is a timely, encyclopedic, science-based study that offers a true understanding of the species, reclaiming it from its commercial status as a mere egg and meat provider. High-quality photography, illustration, and info-graphics combine with engaging and authoritative text to create an accessible reference book for the general market. Topics include anatomy, development biology, ancestry, breeding and origins, and a comprehensive look at chicken behaviors. Boxed asides are included throughout, relating the scientific detail to the practicalities of chicken husbandry. The books final chapter is devoted to a beautiful visual study of the characteristics of particular breeds, providing quick-reference information on their origins, particulars and appearance.
About the Author
Dr. Joseph Barber is co-editor of the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science as well as being an assistant professor at Hunter College (CUNY) and an associate director at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mark Hauber is professor in Animal Behavior and Conservation and head of Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at the Department of Psychology, Hunter College (CUNY).
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In the "About this book" blurb at the front of this book, Barber makes the very bold statement that: "In the first four chapters you will discover all that science can tell us about the origins, anatomy, behavior, and capabilities of modern domesticated chickens."
My first thought was: "Oh Really? In just a hundred and fifty pages? We'll see."
Guess what. He wasn't kidding. I was, and am, amazed. If you have any interest in poultry, specifically chickens, you will thoroughly enjoy and appreciate this book. Thankfully, it does not include a lot of very forgettable trivia.
Barber has put an incredible amount of useful and interesting information into readable-sized presentations that cover chickens from topknot to tail. And in the sixty-six pages following his "tutorial" you will find a great portfolio of informative and actually useful breed discussions, terminology and bibliography.
If you like chickens, are interested in chickens, have chickens, want chickens, live near chickens, or are a chicken - you should get this book.