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Extraordinary Chickens

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by Stephen Green-Armytage

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Over the centuries, chickens have been bred into an amazing variety of shapes, sizes, patterns, textures, and colors. If you were to step into the poultry area of any good-sized state fair, you would think you were in the most exotic section of a major zoo or aviary. Yet because commercial breeders produce only the plain chickens suitable for meat or for egg-laying,


Over the centuries, chickens have been bred into an amazing variety of shapes, sizes, patterns, textures, and colors. If you were to step into the poultry area of any good-sized state fair, you would think you were in the most exotic section of a major zoo or aviary. Yet because commercial breeders produce only the plain chickens suitable for meat or for egg-laying, most people have no idea these birds exist.

This unique book provides a glorious window into the world of exotic chickens. With gorgeous color photographs and informative text, author Stephen Green-Armytage surveys many unusual breeds around the world, capturing with his camera chickens of all sizes, shapes, and colors while also illuminating beautiful feather patterns, exotic wattles and “boots,” and many other details. Included among the more than fifty breeds represented are the elegant Sebrights, whose lacy feather patterns rival the work of couture designers in sophistication and beauty; the personable Polish chickens, with their flamboyant crests; and the majestic Phoenix birds, whose tail feathers can exceed ten feet in length.

For breeders and enthusiasts, this volume will be a treasure they must own. For others, it will be a revelation, worth having for the sheer enjoyment of the striking photographs and the amazing animals they portray.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Anyone who thinks of chickens merely as flocks of egg-laying machines or as food for the table will be in for a surprise when they read this book. Author-photographer Green-Armytage, whose pictures have appeared in a number of books and magazines, visited poultry shows and individual fanciers in the United States and abroad to capture the approximately 160 full-color photographs displayed here. Many of these photos are, like the subjects themselves, extraordinary. Here chickens stand out as individuals with their own distinctive colors, shapes, and sizes. Most are quite beautiful. Many are unusual, even exotic, with crests, beards, combs that look like horns, long tails, no tails, feathered feet, and naked necks. Green-Armytage also examines feather patterns and textures, heads and combs, feet and spurs, and even eggs. The text consists of a brief introductory chapter followed by an alphabetical list, with descriptions, of the several dozen breeds portrayed. More detailed information and the official standards of all breeds exhibited in the United States can be found in The American Standard of Perfection (American Poultry Association, last revised in 1998). Recommended for leisure, animal, photography, and other collections.--William H. Wiese, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Presents intimate color portraits of 50 beautiful and unusual breeds of show chickens. Photos are grouped in 17 thematic sections including breeds like Frizzles and Silkies; types including game birds and decorative banties; and features that include muffs, fluffy top-knots, bloomers, warty or antler-like combs, and marvelous, clown-red wattles. Includes a brief preface and a description of the breeds. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Sarah Ferrell
The world of chickens is a world of wonders. Consider the 179 photographs by Stephen Green-Armytage beautifully reproduced and collected in Extraordinary Chickens. The flamboyant, unlikely, extravagant birds depicted in studio portraits come in all sizes (bantam to colossal) and shapes (Botero-plump to pitiful) and colors and textures; I am particularly taken with the frizzles, although the silkies give them a run for their money....Green-Armytage, whose book grew out of an assignment for Life magazine, has also provided a useful text, including a brief history of chicken fancying (Queen Victoria was an early poultry fan) and short descriptions of the breeds pictured, from the Appenzeller Spitzhauben, new on the show circuit, to the showily long-tailed Yokohama.
New York Times Book Review

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Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
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10.24(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Green-Armytage’s photographs have appeared in numerous books and magazines, including Sports Illustrated, LIFE, Fortune, Smithsonian, and various European magazines. He is the author/photographer of Abrams’ Extra Extraordinary Chickens, Extraordinary Pheasants, Extraordinary Pigeons, plus the delightful children’s book Dudley: The Little Terrier That Could. He lives in New York.

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Extraordinary Chickens 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for chicken lovers. Lots of pictures and humorous but real images. Great coffee table book, one kids will enjoy. Most people do not know there are so many kinds of chickens in the world.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This photo book shows that nature creates the most beautiful designs. It's like looking at Vogue or Harper's Bazaar. High fashion.
RonAr More than 1 year ago
My brother loves chicken and is a collector of chickens. This book has some very had Extraordinary rare pictures of some mormally not seen birds. He drags the book around with him all the time.
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Ellen50 More than 1 year ago
This was a gift for my brother that raises chickens as a hobby in New York, he really liked the book. It has awesome photos and shows many types of specialty chickens. I recommend for those special people that raise special chickens for eggs and pets.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We've actually had some of these birds on our farm, but they didn't look nearly as cool as these photographs! Bird lovers and kids of all ages will really enjoy this, for the price you can't beat it!
TheReadingWriter More than 1 year ago
Very cool pictures chickens with outré feathers. One can barely believe the diversity. For artists, farmers, and style fops of every stripe. This book is for you.
ddd More than 1 year ago
Love this book. Ended up buying three after giving away the first two. One to my grandchildren who were delighted by the variety of chickens, and the other to a chicken lover! Beautiful photos of very extraordinary chickens.
grande More than 1 year ago
ffee table book because of its informative and unique subject matter. Beyond their value as substenance in many cultures, chickens are very beautiful birds. No wonder the French like to decorate their kitchens with chicken images.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The photographs of these wonderful chickens are truly candy for the eye.
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What a cool book! The pictures are beautiful and funny! Good for anyone who has one (like me) or dozens!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I got into the idea of keeping chickens when I came across Omlets Eglu back in 2006. I bought a few books and this was one of them. This is a fantastic book showing chickens in all their glory. I especially love the picture on the rear cover, as this shows that just how sweet chickens really are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had gotten the 2004 calendar on a whim, and followed up with the 2005 calendar. It has been the talk of the office with every new monthly chicken. So, I finally broke down and got the book that the calendars come from, and it has been a delight. Great photography, and from the guests in my home, I always get the comments, 'I never knew a chicken could look like that!' Just a fun book to have around and very educational, even if you aren't 'into' chickens.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're a chicken enthusiast, it's a must have! If you appreciate artful photography, you'll really enjoy it! If you're into unique table-top books, you'll want it! I love it for all three!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this book. There are some cool chickens in here. I am a chicken lover. There are chickens in this book that I've never seen before, and I've looked at a lot of chicken web sites. Jessie--age 9 This book is long on pictures and short on words. The pictures are incredibly well done. Very unusual chickens and pictures of combs, wattles, spurs, tails, etc. I never knew there was so much variety in features of the different breeds. A great book. This was a Christmas present for Jessie and she loves it! --Jessie's Mom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will keep you enchanted from cover to cover, even if you aren't a chicken fancier. The photos are beautiful to behold. What a treat. Thoroughly enjoyable for anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I opened this wonderful book and was delighted to see that someone had finally created a book for people that love these birds. I was even more impressed when a friend that was not a chickenphile enjoyed the book as much as I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Received it today - and immediately sat down & went thru this marvelous book - would highly recommend it to any fancier or breeder - great gift idea!