New Book Encourages People to Reconsider How They Think About Chickens

Tove Danovich, Under the Henfluence: Inside the World of Backyard Chickens and the People Who Love Them (US: Agate Surrey, 2023).

Summary: An immersive blend of chicken-keeping memoir and culture reporting by a journalist who accidentally became obsessed with her flock.

Since first domesticating the chicken thousands of years ago, humans have become exceptionally adept at raising them for food. Yet most people rarely interact with chickens or know much about them. In Under the Henfluence, culture reporter Tove Danovich explores the lives of these quirky, mysterious birds who stole her heart the moment her first box of chicks arrived at the post office.