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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: 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: Plymouth Rock Chicken
March 1, 2021 · · 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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Buk-buk-buk! What Do Those Chicken Noises Mean?
January 17, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Chicken noises comprise a language that poultry use to express their emotions and their intentions, as well as warning of different types of danger. Read how to understand their calls better.

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Breed Profile: Cornish Chicken
January 16, 2021 · · Chickens 101

The Cornish chicken is a heritage breed, in contrast to the hybrids used for “Cornish hen,” Cornish Rock and commercial broiler products. This slow-growing bird maintains natural breeding and foraging abilities.

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Do Chickens Have Full Color Vision?
November 2, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Do chickens have full color vision? How does the world appear to them? Can chickens see in the dark? The study of their extraordinary eyesight is starting to reveal answers to these mysteries and more.

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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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