Campines are attractive birds that are great for free ranging. They are inquisitive and active. However they can be flighty and rarely go broody.
- Campines were originally from Belgium and were very similar to the Braekel breed.
- Birds were brought to the UK around 1900
- Unlike the Belgium Campines, the British breeders selected for “hen-feathered” males to avoid having to have separate lines to produce well feathered males and females.
- The Campine Club was taken over by The Rare Poultry Society in 1969
- Campines remain very rare
- There are two standard colours, gold and silver.
- Birds have pencilled feathering.
- Males and females have the same feathering.
Did you know?
Males are “hen-feathered”, meaning that unlike normal cockerels who have longer feathers in their neck, saddle and tail areas, Campine cockerels have the same feathering as the females.
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