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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: 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 Nests: How to Get Chickens to Use Nesting Box
February 26, 2021 · · Chickens 101, Kids' Corner

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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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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Breed Profile: Cornish Chicken
January 16, 2021 · · Chickens 101

The Cornish chicken is a heritage breed, in contrast to the hybrids used for “Cornish hen,” Cornish Rock and commercial broiler products. This slow-growing bird maintains natural breeding and foraging abilities.

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Do Chickens Have Full Color Vision?
November 2, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Do chickens have full color vision? How does the world appear to them? Can chickens see in the dark? The study of their extraordinary eyesight is starting to reveal answers to these mysteries and more.

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