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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

Do Chickens Have Feelings, Emotions, and Sentience?
July 23, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Do chickens have feelings and are they sentient? Researchers are investigating their emotions and how they express them. Although more research is required, there is clear evidence of emotions that are important to chickens’ welfare.

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7 Chicken Coop Basics That Your Chickens Need
July 18, 2021 · · Coops

Chicken coop basics aim to cater for all chickens’ needs within the coop interior and run. Thoughtful design can create a layout that fulfills chicken welfare needs.

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What is Coconut Oil Good for in Chicken Husbandry?
July 10, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Is coconut oil good for chickens? How can we use it in chicken keeping? Can we feed it to them and does it help fight disease? Here I attempt to sort the facts from the maybes.

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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: Dorking Chicken
April 21, 2021 · · Chickens 101

The Dorking chicken is one of our ultra rare chicken breeds with a long heritage: an excellent mother and forager with an adorable nature. Dorking chicken egg color may be just white, but their plumage comes in various beautiful colors.

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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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