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Tamsin Cooper

Tamsin Cooper keeps goats and chickens on her smallholding in France, where she aspires to live as sustainably as possible. She follows the latest research on farm animal behavior and has mentored on animal welfare courses.
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Articles by Tamsin Cooper

Breed Profile: Indian Runner Duck
June 14, 2021 · · Poultry 101

The Indian Runner Duck is a good layer and excellent forager, suited to roaming over land in groups. Their many and varied colors have influenced many modern breeds and varieties.

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Breed Profile: Barnevelder Chicken
June 7, 2021 · · 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 Nests: How to Get Chickens to Use Nesting Box

Chicken nests are sometimes found in unexpected places in the garden or the barn. But are these nests so unusual? Why do hens do this? Read on for tips on how to get chickens to use nesting boxes.

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Breed Profile: Black Turkey
April 12, 2021 · · Poultry 101

The Black turkey, sometimes called the Black Spanish or Norfolk Black, is a heritage variety of traditional poultry popular before the 1960s. Consumers are rediscovering its hardy attributes and superior flavor.

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Breed Profile: Ameraucana Chicken
April 6, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Amercaucana chickens have tails and muffs, with eight varieties recognized in both Bantam and large fowl. Lavender Ameraucanas are a very popular newer variety that is not yet recognized by the APA or ABA.

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Breed Profile: Egyptian Fayoumi Chicken
April 5, 2021 · · 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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Breed Profile: Langshan Chicken
March 1, 2021 · · Chickens 101

The Langshan chicken is a hardy, dual-purpose bird from China that lays purple-brown eggs and is well adapted to damp conditions.

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Breed Profile: Plymouth Rock Chicken
March 1, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Plymouth Rock chickens are hardy and friendly dual-purpose chickens developed in the United States. Barred Rocks make adorable backyard companions!

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Chicken Society—Are Chickens Social Animals?
January 27, 2021 · · 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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Buk-buk-buk! What Do Those Chicken Noises Mean?
January 17, 2021 · · 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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