The Natural History Of The Chicken

Overview

The humble chicken finally gets the big-screen tribute it so richly deserves in this documentary, which offers an inside look at America's $40 billion a year poultry industry, while also casting a gently humorous eye on domesticated chickens and the people who care for them. The remarkable fowl portrayed in The Natural History of the Chicken include Miracle Mike, a chicken who in the 1940s survived decapitation to become a popular sideshow attraction; Cotton, a rooster who lives a pampered life in the home of his...
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Overview

The humble chicken finally gets the big-screen tribute it so richly deserves in this documentary, which offers an inside look at America's $40 billion a year poultry industry, while also casting a gently humorous eye on domesticated chickens and the people who care for them. The remarkable fowl portrayed in The Natural History of the Chicken include Miracle Mike, a chicken who in the 1940s survived decapitation to become a popular sideshow attraction; Cotton, a rooster who lives a pampered life in the home of his mistress, a Florida woman who regularly bathes and blow-dries her bird; and Valerie, a hen from Maine who survived a near-fatal case of frostbite (Valerie's own perspective on her brush with death is discussed by an animal communication expert). Elsewhere, director Mark Lewis passes along the facts on how chickens eat, breed, and interact with one another, while contrasting the extremes of commercial poultry production as he introduces the audience to both a free-range chicken rancher and a mechanized poultry processing facility. The Natural History of the Chicken received the Judge's Award at the 2000 New Orleans Film Festival.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2003
  • UPC: 841887003513
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 60:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 49,601

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Mark Lewis Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Mark Lewis Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Steve Arnold Cinematographer
Robert DeMaio Editor
Mich Muhlfriedel Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Natural History of the Chicken
1. Introduction [6:50]
2. Somewhere in the Midwest [2:41]
3. Moon Rooster [3:39]
4. A Noisy Concern [8:40]
5. Free-Range Chickens [3:26]
6. Cotton Rooster [4:54]
7. Chicken Show [:37]
8. Plucky Farmer Saves Hen [3:20]
9. Miracle Mike [9:19]
10. Call Me "Chicken" [10:19]
11. Credits [1:09]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Natural History of the Chicken
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Chicken Soup for Chickens

    This provides humor, but also the truth about the chicken farming industry. The method of delivery is dry humor, but those who are from the country and those who are into artistic film will love it! I am going to have to order the DVD as previously ordered the VHS tape.

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