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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: Golden Comet Chickens
November 26, 2021 · · 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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Breed Profile: Icelandic Chicken
November 18, 2021 · · Chickens 101

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.

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Breed Profile: Narragansett Turkey
November 18, 2021 · · Poultry 101

The Narragansett turkey is a heritage variety of American origin, valued for its hardiness, self-sufficiency, excellent mothering skills, and superior flavor.

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Breed Profile: Ameraucana Chicken
November 17, 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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Guinea–Chicken Hybrid: Can Chickens and Guineas Breed?
November 9, 2021 · · 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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Breed Profile: Barnevelder Chicken
October 20, 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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Breed Profile: Langshan Chicken
September 14, 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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How to Stop Chickens From Pecking Each Other’s Feathers Out … and Other Chicken Behavior Problems
September 7, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Chicken behavior problems, such as chickens pecking each other’s feathers out, are best resolved through prevention, by providing an enriched environment and a harmonious flock. For more details, read on!

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Raising Chicks with Mother Hen
August 18, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Raising chicks with mother hen gives them the best start in life, as they learn life skills for happy, healthy integration within the flock. Researchers have found chicks gain multiple benefits from a broody hen.

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Breed Profile: Silver Appleyard Duck
August 2, 2021 · · Poultry 101

Silver Appleyard ducks are a great all-round heavy breed: friendly, great foragers, growing quickly to produce delicious, lean meat and plentiful eggs.

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