Campine

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.

Characteristics

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

About

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

Egg Production

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

Sexing

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.)

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At 3 or 4 Months, Hen or Rooster?

Here’s a Helpful Hint on How to Tell

I chose this particular breed of chicken because sexing them is quite apparent by looking at their legs & feet. However, some breeds aren’t that easy, the Silkie in particular. But most heavy breeds like the Rocks, and Orphingtons it’s pretty obvious. Hope this little trick is helpful!

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