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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

7 Chicken Coop Basics That Your Chickens Need
September 14, 2020 · · 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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How to Stop Chickens From Pecking Each Other’s Feathers Out … and Other Chicken Behavior Problems
September 10, 2020 · · 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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Breed Profile: Barnevelder Chicken
August 31, 2020 · · 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: Silver Appleyard Duck
July 23, 2020 · · 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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Breed Profile: Breda Chicken
May 23, 2020 · · Chickens 101

The Breda chicken is a unique dual-purpose heritage breed from the Netherlands, with striking looks and adorable temperament. Recently, it has become an endangered rare breed.

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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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