The Chicken is an encyclopaedic, science-based study that offers a true understanding of the species, reclaiming it from its commercial status as a mere egg and meat provider. High-quality photography, illustration, and info-graphics combine with engaging and authoritative text to create an accessible reference title for the general market. Topics include anatomy, developmental biology, ancestry, breeding, and origins, and there is a comprehensive look at chicken behaviours. Boxed asides are included throughout, relating the scientific detail to the practicalities of chicken husbandry. The book's final chapter is devoted to a beautiful visual study of the characteristics of particular breeds, providing quick-reference information on their origins, particulars, and appearance.
Dr Joseph Barber is co-editor of the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science (JAWWS) adjunct assistant professor at Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY) and an associate director at the University of Pennsylvania. He specialises in scientific presentations accessible to the general public, animal welfare science and science writing.