The Campine Chicken is 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 Standard Chicken’s 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 Campine 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 Chicken breed 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 Campines 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-6 pounds; hen-4-1/2 pounds; cockerel 5 pounds; pullet-3-1/2 pounds.
- Skin Color: White.
- Egg Shell Color: White.
- Use: An ornamental fowl with fairly good egg production potential.
- Origin: Belgium.
Interested in raising chickens, but not sure which breed might be right for you?
Things to consider:
Geography: Consider geography when selecting a breed. In cooler areas of the country, consider raising heavier birds. In hotter areas, consider lighter weight birds. Some birds have been specially breed for cold climates. Consider these birds if you live in a cold-climate area.
Space: Where will you be raising these chickens? Do you have a lot of farm land for the animals to be raised on, or are you planning to raise them in your backyard? If you have a small space in which to raise the birds, choose breeds with a calmer temperament and avoid birds that are listed as active. Active birds will not be happy in close confinement.
Temperament: When choosing a breed, consider temperament. Some breeds are calmer than others. If raising chickens in a backyard or in the city, you may prefer a calmer breed.