Pros: Great Layers, Great Showbirds And Pets

Cons: None

I have a pair of Golden Campine Bantams and I have to say they are wonderful. I got my prized baby's from a serious chicken lover, as a young pair only 3-4 months old and Bonnie my sweet little hen started laying the week after she turned six months. So far she has not gone broody and has been a little lazy about laying but her sweetness makes up for it. They are great birds for anybody and I mean anyone, her mate Clide is a little meanie but he does have a soft side when I bring leftover watermelon down for them. They would also make great show birds or just pets, (Mine Are Both).


Pros: small, less feed consumption

Cons: can be very loud, noisy and talkative

I received two campine chicks as part of a " layer collection" (or something similar). From the very beginning, these birds were flighty and skittish. They could be handled (and were... DAILY) when small, but as soon as they were transitioned from the brooder to the coop, they wanted nothing to do with people. In comparison to my plymouth rocks, they could be considered quite anti-social!


Then, they approached the point of lay... and our silver campine started screeching at such a high volume as to concern our neighbors on either side of us. They thought it was a baby crying! She would shriek and screech throughout the day--sun up to sundown (and no, she was not a rooster- just a wannabe).


It is perfectly legal for us to keep our hens, but out of consideration for our neighbors, I quickly rehomed our campines. As far as urban backyard flocks are concerned, I consider them to be a poor breed choice. Especially if your goal is to raise hens "in secret" and/or want to stay on friendly terms with your neighbors;-)


Pros: beautiful, nice white eggs, smart, tolerent, friendly.... did I mention beautiful already???

Cons: a little skitish at first but nothing else really

Well, I bought a trio from Cathy Gleason in Dallas, TX this past weekend and they have become my favorite birds out there in this short amount of time! I know my pros above may sound childish but it is true! They are some of the prettiest birds I have come by. They look naturally show-ready and they take the best pictures. The first day I had them I got an egg.... only about 2 hours after they arrived home! Should do great in egg shows as well! These are probably not the best beginners birds but if you're willing to work with them then you should get some! They make the best lawn ornaments and are natural foragers. Oh, and they are also on the critical list of endangered poultry! big_smile.png


Pros: Friendly, sweet

Cons: Too smart for its own good

I got one of these as a mystery chick from one of the hatcheries. We quickly bonded. I name her speckles, he would run up to the edge of the brooder every time I opened it up and fly onto my hand. He would sit on my hand and shoulder for hours and never poop. I could do anything with him and he would always play along. I loved that girl. She would follow me around the yard and where ever I went. I would take her to the compost pile where she could nibble on bugs and watermelon seeds. The only drawback, Is that she was way too smart and a escaped when in a stall and we lost her for forever. I called for her for hours. And I'm still searching for her- waiting for her to come home :( I would certainly get one of these again. Speckles was more a friend and a human than a chicken. 


Pros: Gorgeous, friendly, chatty, intelligent, great layers of surprisingly large white eggs, adorable, and amazingly personable birds.

Cons: Their small size allows them the ability to fly over fences, no matter how tall.

My Alex is positively the most fun and loveable girl, and has gained a very special place in my heart. Her quirky personality endears her to everyone; it's amazing that such a tiny chicken can make an impact. Campines are one of those breeds that serves many purposes: not only are they great layers who will provide you with lovely white eggs, but they're beautiful, and they have comical dispositions to tie it all together. I would recommend the breed to anyone who is looking for an ideal pet.




Pros: attractive smart

Cons: little escape artist! loud

i have one golden campine, and her name is chamberlain and she is very attractive and cute! she has escaped 2 or 3 times, more due to opportunity than flight. she is fast and small. she is also very LOUD! i love her!    


Pros: Beautiful, active, curious, independent, good layer of med. sized white eggs, good forager,

Cons: Does not like to be handled, flyer

From the day I got my tiny little Golden Campine chick, she was very curious and assertive.  She approached me without fear and of that batch of mixed female chicks, she was the first to do everything.  She follows me around, eats out of my hand (or plate, or fork, or coffee mug) but she does not like to be picked up and handled.  She is a good flyer and can get over most any fencing, so I agree with the other reviewer about the problem of keeping Campines in a city backyard.  I do live in town, but I'm on 1/2 acer and my neighbors don't mind if she occasionally pays them a visit.  Ziggy does her own thing and is rather independent of the flock.  I'm always amazed at the size of her eggs compared to body size.  She is an efficient eater/layer and forager.  She surprised me last year by going broody at age 2 1/2.  I've never noticed her to be especially noisy although she always talks to me.  Stunning feather coloration with blue slate legs, small sized body with good sized eggs, outgoing personality if a bit independent, I love my Campine and would recommend the breed to someone who has room for them to forage.


Pros: clean, efficient feeders, small poop, daily 0.9 oz.- 1 oz. and almost 2" egg, like to fly

Cons: independence so not a lap pet

I received rooster and two hens as day old substitutes from in July. They were hardy, healthy, and feathered early. I enjoyed discovering the heritage and what to expect from this site. Like them so much that will try to hatch some and promote them locally. My coop was built for 7 or 8 and since 6 are larger breeds, the compines have fit in fine. They love tree branches for perching in the run. Their roost is high and they took to it with eagerness. Starter crumbles were changed to feather fix in mid molt this fall, then in a month or so they started laying. I mixed the last of the starter crumbles with layer pellets and the compines did the texture change without a pause. Laying started in time for Thanksgiving. They lay a 2" white egg weighing about 1 oz. Every morning by 10:30 ! love.gif


Pros: funny, entertaining, good layer

Cons: skittish, talkative, energetic, flyer

We have a Golden Campine hen who is the comedy relief in our coop.  She has always been skittish around the other hens and around us.  She loves to talk, talk, talk, and talk some more.  She allows us to hold her, and she's not extremely averse to attention.  However, she would much rather not be held or caught, and she is very fast and can fly more than most of the other chickens.  She was a good layer; she's starting to slack off now that she's reaching 5 or 6 years.  I would definitely get this breed again, they are hilarious to sit in the coop and watch.


Pros: Beautiful, vigorous

Cons: Aggressive toward other chickens, skittish compared to others, very loud

Good chickens but you can do better.  Beauties for sure but too skittish.  Roosters and hens can be aggressive toward other chickens


Campine is an older European breed that is a descendant of the old Belgian type of Campine - called the 'Kempisch hoen' - with some Braekel blood mixed into to it.The are named Campine because they originated in geographical region called Campine (Kempen in Dutch), encompassing the current Belgian province of Antwerp and the current Dutch province of North-Brabant. People in that region say the Campine has been around since the time of the Roman cesears.

Breed PurposeEgg Layer
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeMedium
Egg ColorWhite
Breed TemperamentFriendly,Flighty
Breed Colors/VarietiesCampines come in silver and golden varieties.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA ClassContinental
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Egg Layer
Comb: Single
Broodiness: Seldom
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Medium
Egg Color: White

Breed Temperament:


Breed Colors / Varieties:

Campines come in silver and golden varieties.

Breed Details:

The name is pronounced kam-peen. Coloring: Campines have a solid colored head and hackles (either gold or white depending on variety) and the body is barred with iridescent beetle black. Their skin is white and the legs are lead colored. Earrlobes are white, beak is horn colored, and eyes are dark brown with a black pupil. Hens and roosters have the same feather pattern. Build: They have a long back and carry their tail very upright. Males weigh average 5-6 lbs and hens are around 4-5 lbs. Their single comb is fairly large and often flops over. The combs are susceptible to frostbite. Other Information: They feather quickly but mature relatively late. They lay and an average 3 eggs per week. While they are considered a egg production hen, they are primarily kept for ornamental purposes. Campines tolerate confinement they do much better if allowed to free range. Differentiation from other breeds: Silver Campines look very similar to Egyptian Fayoumis as chicks. The head and neck feathering will be a more pure white rather than the silver/grey of the FayoumiÂs. Per the standard, the black barring on the Campine should be iridescent; this is not true of the Fayoumi. The Campine will have lead colored legs vs the Fayoumis will be slate colored or willow green. Campines feather pattern is barred and FayoumiÂs are more penciled. Buttercups have a similar feather pattern, but the single comb of the Campine is very easy to differentiate. Credits: Gold Campine Rooster picture provided by luvmychicknkids, hen and egg pictures by Chickenlady,chick pic Kellykate.