Silver and Gold varieties of the Campine
|Conservation status||at risk (United Kingdom)|
|Country of origin||Belgium|
|Weight||Male: 2.7 kg|
|Female: 2.3 kg|
Gallus gallus domesticus
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.
|Cock||2.7 kg||5.9 lbs|
|Hen||2.3 kg||5.1 lbs|
|Rooster||680 g||24 oz||1.5 lbs|
|Hen||570 g||20.1 oz||1.3 lbs|
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- 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.
- Campines at mypetchicken.com
- PoultryHub Fancy Poultry Breeds
- Campine Chicken at ChickenCoopAdvice.com
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