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Author: Charles Daniel,Page Smith
ISBN: 0865470677
Pages: 400 pages
Publisher: North Point Press (June 1, 1982)
Language: English
Category: Biological Sciences
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e-Book The Chicken Book epub download

by Charles Daniel,Page Smith



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Though the book is by Page Smith and Charles Daniel. Poultry experts of every ilk and specialty were consulted and invited to contribute.

The Chicken Book book. Charles Page Smith, who was known by his middle name, was a . historian, professor, author, and newspaper columnist. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Smith graduated with a . degree from Dartmouth College in 1940.

Page Smith, Charles Daniel. University of Georgia Press, 2000 - 380 sayfa. As it traces the rise and fall of Gallus domesticus from the jungles of ancient India to the assembly-line hatcheries sprawled across modern America, this original, frequently astounding book passes along a trove of knowledge and lore about everything from the chicken's biology and behavior to its place in legend and mythology.

The Chicken Book: Being an Inquiry into the Rise and Fall, Use and Abuse, Triumph and Tragedy of Gallus Domesticus (Boston: Little, Brown, 1975). A People's History of the United States (McGraw-Hill, 1976–1987). The Constitution: A Documentary and Narrative History (1978). Dissenting Opinions (1984). Killing the Spirit: Higher Education in America (New York: Viking, 1990). Rediscovering Christianity: A History of Modern Democracy and the Christian Ethic (New York: St. Martin's, 1994)

Well, it's a book about chickens, by a historian (Smith, author of several popular biographies) and a biologist (Daniel) . Needless to say, Page and Smith want to see chickens taken off the assembly line, but their approach is much more substantial

Well, it's a book about chickens, by a historian (Smith, author of several popular biographies) and a biologist (Daniel) who collaborated on an interdisciplinary seminar of mildly evangelizing intent at the University of California (Santa Cruz). The result is a comfortable volume of mingled history, folklore, embryology, and theorizing. Needless to say, Page and Smith want to see chickens taken off the assembly line, but their approach is much more substantial. They see the tragedy of the chicken as only one aspect of a general rush away from integrated experience and realities pleasant or unpleasant.

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Liberating today's chicken from cartoons, fast food, and other demeaning associations, "The Chicken Book" at once celebrates and explains this noble fowl. As it traces the rise and fall of "Gallus domesticus" from the jungles of ancient India to the assembly-line hatcheries sprawled across modern America, this original, frequently astounding book passes along a trove of knowledge and lore about everything from the chicken's biology and behavior to its place in legend and mythology. The book includes lively discussions of the chicken's role in literature and history, the cruel attractions of cockfighting, the medicinal uses of eggs and chicken parts, the details of the egg-laying process, the basics of the backyard coop, recipes, and much more. Entertaining and insightful, "The Chicken Book" will change the way we regard this too often underappreciated animal.
Asher
Great book on the myth and mythos of the chicken. Obscure yet practical information with a full historical sweep from the dawn of the chicken to today. The end papers have a very helpful practical guide for raising your own chickens. Recommend this book for all chickenkeepers to keep in the coop!
Bundis
A very interesting history of chickens. Every day when I spend time with my flock, I tell them a little of their history. Okay, I love chickens, and you will too after reading this book.
Ttyr
This book truly has everything you might want to know about chickens, written in an entertaining style. There are even recipes on how to cook the bird. I found it to be an interesting read even though I no longer am raising chickens.
Jelar
I went to a chicken class and was told that this book is the Binle of chicken books. Lots of information.
Wafi
very informative
Sharpbringer
Why this book is not more popular or offered by chicken supply h o uses is beyond me. Simply the modern classic in poultry literature. If you have chickens or care about the subject or like human history in general this book is a must read.
Tall
The Chicken Book
By Page Smith and Charles Daniel
The University of Georgia Press, 2000
Softcover, 380 pages.
ISBN: 0-8203-2213-X

Reviewed by Karen Davis[...]

When I started United Poultry Concerns in 1990, one of our first members, Ruth Dahl of Minneapolis, Minnesota, sent me her well-thumbed copy of The Chicken Book, first published in 1975. Like me, Ruth engaged in an impassioned dialogue with the book, underlining passages and writing in the margins. The Chicken Book invites a passionate response. Anyone who is interested in chickens and in the human relationship with the chicken, worldwide and historically, should buy and read this book.

The Chicken Book is not a happy book, but it is a fascinating one. It presents a jumble of messages including chicken and egg recipes. The two chapters devoted to cockfighting tell you a great deal about this activity, but if you expect Smith and Daniel, who oppose chicken factory farming, to oppose cockfighting, be warned. They show the cruelty of cockfighting, but their main criticism is directed at the "prigs" and "prudes" who historically have opposed cockfighting and sought to outlaw it. Of the British Parliament's decision to ban cockfighting in 1834, they claim, "No one was harmed by cockfighting except the reckless in their pocketbooks."

They write: "Cockfighting was, to be sure, a brutal sport, but this is a rather brutal world and it perhaps is not too much to suggest that the passion to reform it might have been directed at worthier targets" (p. 96).

The authors state, and they show, that "There is an abundance of evidence that Western man's rages and lusts, however sublimated their forms, are fully as cruel as those to be found in other cultures" (p. 124). For some people, including the authors, humanity's cruel rages are defensible if they take a classical populist ceremonial form. But when the human rage for cruelty takes a modern industrial form their hackles rise. Smith and Daniel deserve credit for being among the first informative critics of chicken factory farming. They focus particularly on the battery-cage system of egg production. Compared to old- fashioned chicken-keeping, which was being converted to industrial production in the 1950s, they write: "The rows upon rows of neat, clean birds, with their mutilated beaks, in the small cages, were like a glimpse into an Inferno as terrible in its own way as any of the circles of Dante's hell" (p. 287). Here Ruth Dahl cried out with her ballpoint pen, "And No One Cares and Helps Them!"

The Chicken Book describes the poultry genetics mania that began in the 1930s when the biologist John Kimber started Kimber Farms in Fremont, California. "It was his inspiration to apply the most modern discoveries in the rapidly expanding field of genetics to the breeding of chickens for specific purposes--meat or eggs" (pp. 270-271). Noting that the term "Farms" was a concession to popular sentiment, the book observes that the "efficient, white-gowned workers in the antiseptic laboratories of Kimber Farms had little time for sentiment. To them the baby chickens (half of whom were killed at birth and incinerated or fed to the hogs) hatched by the millions in their enormous incubators had to be seen primarily as items on an assembly line. The fact that they were alive was, it seems fair to suggest, incidental" (p. 272).

The Chicken Book has interesting chapters on the chicken in folklore and in "medicine"; the ancients used the testicles of cocks (the authors tell us the term "rooster" was coined by the prudish Victorians) to "treat" impotence and epilepsy, and "Pliny wrote that when a man suffered from chronic headaches a cock should be shut up and forced to abstain from food and water for several days, then its feathers should be plucked from its neck and bound around the patient's head along with the cock's comb" (p. 127).

The Chicken Book contains some of the best writing about chickens anywhere, including passages from Plutarch and the Italian Renaissance writer Ulisse Aldrovandi. Here, for example, is the authors' description of the birth of a chicken:

"As each chick emerges from its shell in the dark cave of feathers underneath its mother, it lies for a time like any newborn creature, exhausted, naked, and extremely vulnerable. And as the mother may be taken as the epitome of motherhood, so the newborn chick may be taken as an archetypal representative of babies of all species, human and animal alike, just brought into the world" (p. 317).

The Chicken Book is an important part of the chicken's history. Though for some reason the photos of "a modern incubator" and "a modern chicken factory" are missing in the reprint, society's industrial curse on chickens is etched in words:

"Chickens confined, and especially chickens confined in large numbers, like people confined in large numbers, are at their least appealing. In such circumstances, chickens, like people, give off offensive odors; disposing of their cumulative wastes becomes a major problem; they behave badly to each other, bedeviling and pecking each other in boredom and frustration; they become neurotic and susceptible to various diseases of the body and the spirit. This is what happened to chickens." (p. 272)
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From egg to poult to hen to rooster to featherbed and deepfreeze, from the ancient Egyptians to neo-feudal Southeast Asia to the iconographic Petaluma chicken ranch to the modern industialized chicken culture, this book covers everything you could ever need, want or just happen upon with respect to the chicken---except for one thing: it totally ignores the Chicken MacNugget!! Nonetheless (or perhaps because of this), it is not just a manual for the chicken fancier, the cockfight afficionado or the backyard farmer. It is truly an examplary product of a "LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION", and deserving of much wider appreciation than it has received to date. Page Smith, a well-known popular historian, co-taught an interdisciplinary seminar with a biologist named Charles Daniel entitiled "The Chicken" for undergraduates at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in the early 1970's. No doubt some initially perceived the course title as a joke, but they were wrong. Somewhere along the line, someone injected some intellectual rigor and real insight into the course syllabus. With the aid of their teachers, the students performed a tour de force of research, covering every facet of the chicken from cultural, historical, religious, biological, agricultural and even epistemological points of view. The professors took the student work and fashioned it into a book that is a classic in every sense of the word. "THE CHICKEN BOOK" is a beautifully written minor masterpiece of historic arcana, zoological detail, small-scale poultry management, veterinary medicine, cultural anthropology, blood-sport historiography and culinary arts. Long out of print and hard to find, the book well deserves this new edition. Whether or not you have a specific interest in chickens, this is well worth reading. As an example of what an active intelligence can do with a relatively commonplace and mundane topic, this book was way ahead of its time!!