The Natural History of the Chicken | 1999

Documentary
A study of the relationships Americans have with poultry as food, pet, and sport.
Director: Mark Lewis
Writers: Mark Lewis
Stars: N/A
Awards: 1 win & 2 nominations | full awards »

Company

Devillier Donegan Enterprises

Production Company

Production Company

Mark Lewis Radio Pictures

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Production Company

Synopsis

A quirky portrait celebrating the virtue and valor of some common chickens. While we do learn that Americans are gobbling up more poultry than other types of meat these days (about 80lbs. per person per year), we also witness inspirational tales of chickens with an incredible will to survive--from Valerie, a frozen chicken who was lovingly revived with mouth to beak resuscitation--to "Miracle Mike" the 1940's side show attraction who lived 2 1/2 years after his beheading (much to the dismay of animal activists). Lewis explores the invincible nature of chickens and their varied relationships with humans, as we travel from a farm where free range chickens move from hatchery, to friend, to dinner table--to Florida where a fancy white French chicken is an adored pet who is bathed and primped regularly by her doting "mommy".

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