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So you think [chicken]s are boring? Extraordinary Chickens, by Stephen Green-Armytage, will cure you of that delusion.

On the front cover is a white [chicken] whose thin feathers are sticking up all over its head in great bunches. You can see its red [wattle]s and its open beak, but its eyes are completely hidden by the plumage. It looks like [Beethoven] gone [punk] and turned into a [chicken].

The book is a celebration of [exotic] chickens, all photographed with loving care and artistry. The red head of the white Cochin [Frizzle] nestles in its [thistledown] ruff, each feather in perfect focus. The black [Sumatra] rooster almost fades into his dark background, while the silver-laced Wyandotte looks at the camera with an almost intelligent expression on its face. Green-Armytage lets his sense of humor show: the nearly bald wheaten Modern Game [bantam] [pullet] is paired with the aptly named Polish [Frizzle] bantam, while the black and white [Cornish] [bantam]s face each other like gunfighters in a [spaghetti Western].

There are special sections on striking heads, single [comb]s and split [comb]s (the Sicilian Buttercup looking like an [elk], the spangled [buff] Owlbeard White more like Satan) [crest]s that would make a punk rocker green with envy, [frizzle]d birds that look like they evolved in [wind tunnel]s, [feet], [feather]s, and [tail]s. If you can tear your eyes away from the pictures, there is lovely, informative text on the history of [chicken]s and chicken breeding. There's even a short summary of the types of chicken breed out there.


Green-Armytage, Stephen. Extraordinary Chickens, Harry N. Abrams, 2000, 112 pages. [ISBN] 0-8109-3343-8

A surprise gift from [SEF|my mother], in honor of my [evilrooster|nick]. Thanks, Mom.

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