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What the Chicken Knows A New Appreciation of the World's Most Familiar Bird

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By: Sy Montgomery(Author)
96 pages, 16 plates with colour photos
Publisher: Atria Books
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  • What the Chicken Knows ISBN: 9781668047361 Hardback Dec 2024 Available for pre-order
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For more than two decades, Sy Montgomery – whose The Soul of an Octopus was a National Book Award finalist – has kept a flock of chickens in her backyard. Each chicken has an individual personality (outgoing or shy, loud or quiet, reckless or cautious) and connects with Sy in her own way.

In this short, delightful book, previously published as a chapter in Birdology, Sy takes us inside the flock and reveals all the things that make chickens such remarkable creatures: only hours after leaving the egg, they are able to walk, run, and peck; relationships are important to them and the average chicken can recognize more than one hundred other chickens; they remember the past and anticipate the future; and they communicate specific information through at least twenty-four distinct calls. Visitors to her home are astonished by all this, but for Sy what's more astonishing is how little most people know about chickens, especially considering there are about twenty per cent more chickens on earth than people.

With a winning combination of personal narrative and science, What the Chicken Knows is exactly the kind of book that has made Sy Montgomery such a beloved and popular author.

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Sy Montgomery is a naturalist, adventurer, and author of more than thirty acclaimed books of nonfiction for adults and children, including The Hummingbirds' Gift, The Hawk's Way, the National Book Award finalist The Soul of an Octopus, and most recently, Of Time and Turtles, which was a New York Times bestseller. The recipient of numerous honours, including lifetime achievement awards from the Humane Society and the New England Booksellers Association, she lives in New Hampshire with her husband, writer Howard Mansfield, and a border collie.

Coming Soon
By: Sy Montgomery(Author)
96 pages, 16 plates with colour photos
Publisher: Atria Books
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