Breed Club SecretaryRare Poultry Society
Alexandra Cottage, 8 St Thomas's Road, Great Glen, Leicestershire,
HistoryAn ancient breed available in both gold and silver colouration. 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 chickens 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 of today is a composite of two Belgian varieties with the plumage of the Campine male and female identical in color patterns.
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.
CharacteristicsThe barring pattern in theses differs substatially 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 linkeage. Birds are to be barred in a transverse (V) section with gold or silver ends and well defined edge markings. Legs and feet lead coloured.
ClassificationLight / Rare