The Campine chicken, pronounced Kam-peen, is a beautiful and rare breed that originated in the Kempen Country near Antwerp, Belgium. They are close relatives of the Belgian Braekel. The Campine chicken comes in two varieties, the Silver and the Golden. Hens and roosters are nearly identical in feather coloration.

In 1893, Campine chickens were first imported into America by Mr. Arthur D. Murphy of Maine and the American Poultry Association recognized the breed in 1914.

Type: Large Fowl
Size: Male: 6lb. / Female 4lb.
Purpose: Egg Laying
Recognized Varieties: Silver & Golden
Crested: No
Feathered Legs: No
Number of Toes: 4
Single comb

Moderately cold tolerant
Not especially docile
Not broody
Tolerates confinement
Alert, intelligent, active

Egg Production
Expect about 3 medium to large white shelled eggs per week.

When Silver Campine females are mated to Golden Campine males the chicks can be sexed at day-old – the female chicks have a reddish blush and the males have gray on the top of their heads.

ALBC Status: Critical

For more information about the Campine visit the ALBC (American Livestock Breeds Conservatory.)

Author: amy elizabeth

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9 thoughts on “Campine”

  1. I want so badly to add a Campine to our flock – they are so finely designed and lovely. I’ve decided to hold off on adding one since I already have an American Game hen – she is loving towards us, but she is a bit flighty, too clever for her own good, and at times aggressive with the other chickens. I think adding a Campine to her world would be a recipe for disaster.

    Enjoyed the post!


    1. I wish I could offer an opinion on that, but I know nothing about American Game Hens! Maybe you could write a post about them? 🙂

    1. Beautiful, wish I had some. I’m going to look into where to by them, they are hard to find. Every time I look at Murray McMurray they are out of stock. 😦

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