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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: Hamburg Chicken
May 22, 2020 · · Chickens 101

The Hamburg chicken is a good layer with an active manner and beautiful feathers. Her origin is somewhat mysterious, having both British and Dutch roots.

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Phenomenally Hardy Traits Found in Backyard Chicken Genetics
May 16, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Chicken genetics studies confirm amazing resilience to local diseases in African chickens, providing productive gains to smallholders raising native heritage chicken breeds.

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Poultry Cognition—Are Chickens Smart?
May 11, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Are chickens smart? Research reveals that they learn fast, feel emotions, have good memories, and use complex logic and social tactics.

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Chick and Duckling Imprinting
March 10, 2020 · · Poultry 101

Chick and duckling imprinting has important psychological effects on the individual bird and the flock, so it is important to get it right from the start.

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What is Coconut Oil Good For in Chicken Husbandry?
February 18, 2020 · · 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: Plymouth Rock Chicken
January 3, 2020 · · 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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Breed Profile: Bresse Chicken
December 24, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Bresse chickens are France’s best tasting meat chickens. Much of their flavor is due to the unique geography they freely range over, as well as traditional feeding and husbandry methods.

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Breed Profile: Golden Comet Chickens
November 23, 2019 · · 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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Guinea–Chicken Hybrid: Can Chickens and Guineas Breed?
November 9, 2019 · · 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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Chicken Husbandry: Five Welfare Needs
October 25, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Chicken welfare is an important consideration within chicken husbandry. We need to know chickens’ needs in order to raise them to be healthy and productive.

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