Chicken by Annie Potts review

By Dale Williams In Books

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19th May, 2012
For most of us, the closest we come to a chicken is when it’s on a plate surrounded by vegetables, but chickens have been humans’ domestic companions for millennia. In her charming, fact-packed book, as full as an egg, Annie Potts, associate professor at the University of Christchurch’s New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies, explores the chicken’s cultural role, backed by a scientific look at its biology and behaviour. In different cultures, chickens have been revered as creators of the cosmos and used in art and sport (eggrolling, cockfighting) and for fortune-telling – from ...

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