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Through interviews and reenactments, The Natural History of the Chicken investigates the role of the chicken in American life and tells several remarkable stories. A Maine farmer says she ... See full summary »

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Through interviews and reenactments, The Natural History of the Chicken investigates the role of the chicken in American life and tells several remarkable stories. A Maine farmer says she found a chicken frozen stiff, but was able to resuscitate it. Colorado natives tell a story of the chicken who lost its head-- and went on living. A Virginia farmer tells about (and demonstrates) the benefits of raising chickens for his own consumption. Perhaps most surprising is the case of the Florida woman: she bathes her pet bird, and takes it both swimming and shopping. Through these and other stories, this documentary illuminates the role that chickens play in (some of) our lives. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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Troy Waters: [about Mike, a rooster that survived a beheading] I don't really know what to think of why Mike lived. Was it just fate? Did this one particular rooster have just that much will to live? Or was it just because he was so dumb of an animal that he didn't even know that his head was cut off?
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Blown away by this entertaining documentary.
18 January 2002 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

Last night on PBS I watched "Natural History of the Chicken", expecting to see a rather dry scientific discourse on the evolution of the chicken, and a history of how it achieved its current status in out modern society. It was nothing like that!

It is entertaining, funny, smart, educational. At times I asked myself, "Is this a Christopher Guest film, like 'Best in Show'?" There was the fluffy white chicken kept as a pet, rides in a car, carried in a basket through the supermarket. And with a diaper, no less! The chicken that froze outside, then was revived through "mouth to beak resuscitation." The 100 fighting roosters that made so much noise the neighbors had to get a court order to shut them down to 5 max! The miserable life of laying chickens in pens. The "headless" chicken that wouldn't die. The little, fluffy white chicken that protected her chicks when the hawk dived down.

Very well done film, I hope to catch it again, as a documentary I rate it "8" of 10, might even deserve a "9". Marvelous!! :-)


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