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Tamsin Cooper

Tamsin Cooper is a smallholder who owns goats and chickens in France. She follows the latest research on behavior, welfare and sustainability, and mentors on animal welfare courses.
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Articles by Tamsin Cooper

Breed Profile: Golden Comet Chickens
November 17, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Golden Comet chickens are friendly, calm, and prolific layers, making excellent backyard birds, but life is often shortened by reproductive tract issues.

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Guinea–Chicken Hybrid: Can Chickens and Guineas Breed?
November 9, 2019 · · Poultry 101

Guinea–chicken hybrids are an unusual phenomenon, as nature does not favor the cross, leading to health issues and early death.

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Chicken Husbandry: Five Welfare Needs
October 25, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Chicken welfare is an important consideration within chicken husbandry. We need to know chickens’ needs in order to raise them to be healthy and productive.

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Breed Profile: Egyptian Fayoumi Chicken
October 25, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Egyptian Fayoumi chickens are tough and thrifty birds with remarkable disease resistance and heat tolerance. They are highly fertile and good layers.

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A Chicken’s Five Basic Needs
October 25, 2019 · · Flock Files

Chickens are sensitive to their environment, motivations, and sense of well-being. Happy chickens cope better with changes and challenges, whereas distressed birds may easily go downhill.

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Breed Profile: Barnevelder Chicken
September 8, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Barnevelder chickens were developed from Dutch landrace and Asiatic chickens for their large brown eggs. Later they were standardized to double-laced plumage. They make charming backyard foragers.

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Chicken Society—Are Chickens Social Animals?
August 18, 2019 · · Chickens 101, Members Only

Are chickens social animals? How do they integrate into the chicken community? Learn about the rules, tricks, and sophistication of chicken society.

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Breed Profile: Breda Chicken
July 14, 2019 · · Chickens 101

The Breda chicken is a unique dual-purpose heritage breed from the Netherlands, with striking looks and adorable temperament. Recently, it has become an endangered rare breed.

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Buk-buk-buk! What Do Those Chicken Noises Mean?
June 3, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Chicken noises comprise a language that poultry use to express their emotions and their intentions, as well as warning of different types of danger. Read how to understand their calls better.

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Poultry Cognition—Are Chickens Smart?
May 6, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Are chickens smart? Research reveals that they learn fast, feel emotions, have good memories, and use complex logic and social tactics.

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