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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

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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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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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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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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