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Campines Chickens

February 4th, 2011 at 10:25

Campines Chickens Are A Lively Small Breed That Prefer Free Ranging.

Campine Chickens Background & Appearance.

campine chicken pictureIt is generally accepted that Campines originated in the Antwerp area of Belgium, but some experts believe they are descended from the Egyptian Fayoumi chicken. They are very similar to another Belgian breed the Braekel chicken which looks like a larger version of the Campine.

This bird has been bred in two different colours; the golden campine and the silver campine. The gold birds  head and neck is gold with the remainder of the bird being beetle–green, the difference with the silver bird is the head and neck is white.

Both varieties of Campines have white earlobes and grey/blue legs. They are very tightly feathered. The cock birds are often mistaken for a hen due to the similar shape as they lack the long curved tail, saddle and hackle feathers usually seen in males. 

Campines Egg Laying & Broodiness.

silver campine chicken pictureCampines are not bad layers, you can expect upto 3 white eggs per week. In fact they were originally bred for their white shelled eggs, but today they are considered more as an ornamental bird.

Campines very rarely go broody as their inquisitive nature and flightiness tends to lead to them being always on the go, rather than sitting. They will also stop laying over the winter period.

If you want to help this breed, which is now classed as rare, then make sure you take any fertilised eggs from the hen and utilise an incubator or get a broody hen such as a Brahma chicken to sit and hatch the eggs.

Caring For Your Campines Chickens

This breed of chicken prefers to be out free ranging, they are an inquisitive and flighty bird, always on the move.

Some birds can have a wild nature, whilst others are very friendly. Campines usually become the leader of a mixed flock and are always the first to escape or get into mischief.

These birds fly well for a chicken, so clipping may be necessary. If you’re looking to keep pet chickens, then Campines may not be for the novice keeper.

Campines are not a very hardy bird and extra care should be taken during winter, the combs are susceptible to frostbite, so a little vaseline applied could help.

Campine Chickens Are An Attractive Bird, Who Prefer Free Ranging To Confinement. Not Recommend As A Pet Chicken, But If You Have A Mixed Flock That Has A Large Space, Then Please Help This Rare Chicken.

If you’re lucky enough to breed Gold Campines then the video will show what your Campine chicks will look like…

 

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