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Janet Bonney ...
Herself - Farmer
Joseph Martinez ...
Himself - Farmer
Joel Vavra ...
Himself - Farmer
David Forrester ...
Himself - Homeowner
John Kogge ...
Himself - Homeowner
Leslye Simak ...
Herself - Homeowner
John Simak ...
Himself - Homeowner
Bobby Wayne Webb ...
Himself - Neighbor
Ray Johnson ...
Himself - Game Cock Breeder
Karin Estrada ...
Herself - Homemaker
Clyde Gore ...
Himself - Headless Chicken Witness (as Clyde 'Babe' Gore)
Harold Lloyd ...
Himself - Headless Chicken Witness (as Harold 'Doc' Lloyd)
Troy Waters ...
Himself - Lloyd Olsen's Grandson
Elwynjohn Johnston ...
Himself - Headless Chicken Witness (as Elwynjohn 'Bud' Johnston)
Joseph Tauer ...
Himself - Author, Call Me Chicken (as Pastor Joseph Tauer)
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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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Eggactly what I needed for a laugh :)!
11 March 2004 | by (Blue Mountains, Australia) – See all my reviews

A pal with a sense of humour sent me a tape of this documentary, without a label to indicate the contents. Well, I popped the tape in the player and sat there, totally entranced by the sights and sounds! Brilliantly photographed and directed, full of good humour, captivating people and chooks, it literally kept me sitting on the edge of my seat until the credits appeared.

Without a doubt, this is the best animal documentary I've seen in the past 20 years. Seemingly chooks are more difficult to train than any other member of the animal kingdom. The feathered actors in this documentary seemed far more intelligent than many human actors I've seen in the current crop of big name movies.

Great fun for all the family.


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