Campine (chicken)

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Campine Golden-Silver.jpg
Silver and Gold varieties of the Campine
Conservation status at risk (United Kingdom)
Country of origin Belgium
Use eggs, show
Weight Male: 2.7 kg
  Female: 2.3 kg
Egg color white
Comb type single
Gallus gallus domesticus
A silver Campine hen

The Campine is a breed of chicken originating in Belgium's Campine region. They are a fairly small breed in Silver and Gold varieties, with solid white or golden hackles and iridescent black-green barred bodies. Hens and roosters are nearly identical in feather coloration. They will lay a fair number of white-shelled eggs, but are largely kept for showing today. The Golden Campine's head and neck is gold with the remainder of the bird being barred gold and beetle–green; the Silver variety has a white head and neck with the remainder likewise also being beetle-green with alternating white barring.

The Campine biologically has been compared both in appearance and anatomy to the Sebright; a fancy breed of True Bantam that also displays gold and silver feather patterns. Another thing they share in common with the Sebright is, though to a lesser extant, hen feathering in the cocks. Thus it is speculated they could have been used as one of the breeds used to create the Sebright.[1]

The Campine is closely related to the similar looking Brakel, as well as (more distantly) to the Fayoumi.

Approximate Weight[edit]

Cock 2.7 kg 5.9 lbs
Hen 2.3 kg 5.1 lbs

Bantam Variety Campine
Rooster 680 g 24 oz 1.5 lbs
Hen 570 g 20.1 oz 1.3 lbs

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McKusik, Victor Almon. Mendelian inheritance in man: catalog of human genes and genetic disorders, Volume 2. JHU Press, 1998
  • Graham, Chris (2006). Choosing and Keeping Chickens. 2-4 Heron Quays London E14 4JP: Octopus Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7938-0601-0. 

They are extremely rare and very seldom are seen at shows.

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