Campine Bantam Chicken
An ancient breed available in both gold and silver coloration. The name reflects the area of Belgium / Holland where it was originally bred having been around for centuries and having similar ancestry to the Brakael. Campine Bantam Chicken originated in Belgium, where it has been bred for several centuries. The name is derived from the Campine country, where these fowls are bred largely for the production of white-shelled eggs. The two Belgian breeds are Braekel and Campine, are practically the same in all points except size, the Braekel being the larger fowl.
The English, or Standard Campine Bantam Chicken of today is a composite of two Belgian varieties with the plumage of the Campine male and female identical in color patterns.
Characteristics: The Campine Bantam Chicken is a lively one that prefers to be out and about free ranging most of the time. The birds are very alert and inquisitive. Some can be rather wild in nature whilst others can be very friendly.Primarily bred for egg production, Classed as a non-sitting, utility fowl, but upright carriage and attractive color marking have made Campine Bantam Chicken’s popular for exhibition purposes as well. The skin is white and the egg shells are also white.The barring pattern in theses differs substantially to Rocks etc. as the bars have black lines three times the width of the white lines. The males are hen feathered and their feathering made them the basis of much work on auto sexing breeds and work on gold / silver sex linkage. Birds are to be barred in a transverse (V) section with gold or silver ends and well defined edge markings. Legs and feet lead colored.
- Standard Weights: Cock-26 oz; Hen-22 oz; Cockerel-24 oz; Pullet-20 oz.
- Varieties: Golden, Silver
- Skin Color: White
- Egg Shell Color: White
- Use: Exhibition
- Origin: Belgium
Bantams are suitable for smaller backyards as they do not need as much space as other breeds. Bantam hens are also used as laying hens, with some breeds laying up to 150 eggs per year. However, Bantam eggs are only about one-half to one-third the size of a regular hen egg. The Bantam chicken eats the same foods as a normal chicken. In commercial situations they are fed grain-based foods because this is convenient and efficient for the producer. Chickens in the wild eat more insects and vegetation than grains.
In contrast, the Bantam rooster is famous in rural areas throughout the United Kingdom and the United States for its aggressive, “puffed-up” disposition that can be comedic in stature. It is often called a “Banty” in the rural United States.
Many bantam hens are renowned for hatching and brooding. They are very protective mothers and will attack anything that gets near their young.
Bantams do have a higher mortality rate when they are kept as backyard pets. They are easy targets for hawks, cats, foxes, or any other small predator.