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.
Icelandic chickens (Icies) are an ancient landrace and are very diverse, robustly healthy, cold-hardy chickens. Sadly, they are threatened by diminished numbers during the 1970s and the consequent inbreeding.
The Dominique chicken is the oldest American breed and an icon of rural self-sufficiency, being very hardy and an excellent forager and mother. Her calm and friendly nature makes her an excellent choice for the homestead.