Chicken Breed Focus - Campine

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sumi, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    The Campine breed was originally created as a much smaller type or version of the Braekel breed. It was decided in 1884 that the two types should be separated and after a long controversy, the Campine became a separate breed with its own breed standard in August 1904. After further controversy, the two breeds were reunited under a single standard in 1925 or 1926, with the name Kempisch-Braekel. In 1962 it was decided that the original Campine type had entirely disappeared, and the name of the Belgian breed was changed to Brakelhoen.

    The Campine was imported to England around 1899, and was bred there to become a very different bird. In particular, hen feathering in males became standard. Hen-feathered Braekel males had been bred by Oscar Thomaes of Ronse, Belgium, in 1904, and a male hatched from one of his eggs took first place at a show in London in that year. Campines were later exported from Britain to the United States, where a Campine male took first prizes at a show in New York city and again in Boston in January 1913.

    There are two accepted colour varieties of the Campine, Silver and Gold. The Silver campine has a pure white head and neck hackles, the rest of the bird being barred with beetle-green on a pure white ground. The Golden variety has the same pattern, with the head, neck hackles and body ground colour rich gold. Campines are considered to be a flighty, hardy breed with an active and inquisitive nature.
    The breed was added to the APA's Standard of Perfction in 1914.

    Details:

    Detail Value
    Breed Purpose Egg Layer; Exhibition
    Comb Single
    Broodiness Seldom
    Climate Tolerance All Climates
    Egg Productivity Medium
    Egg Size Medium
    Egg Color White
    Breed Temperament Friendly, Flighty
    Breed Colors/Varieties Campines come in Silver and Golden varieties.
    Breed Size Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class Continental


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    BYC Breed Discussion:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/306058/campine-chicken-thread/0_30

    BYC Breed Review:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/campine

    Do you own Campines? Are you a Campine breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including:

    · What made you decide to get this breed?
    · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
    · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
    · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!
     
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  2. sharol

    sharol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, my Scout! I lost her last spring to egg binding. When I saw your picture (3rd one down), I thought, that could be my Scout, and then I looked and the attribution, and it was. Thank you for the lovely memory. She was a wonderful, chatty little hen. I'm looking for Campine eggs or chicks for spring. Both my DH and I really loved her.
     
  3. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    She was a pretty girl! Sorry you lost her. I hope you find more chicks or eggs.
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    [​IMG] So sorry to hear of your loss! She was so beautiful. I hope you can get some eggs or chicks again, they sound like a wonderful breed.
     
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    applebutter14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I JUST GOT A CHICK OF THESE ON MONDAY!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH @sumi FOR DOING THIS BREED!!!!!!!
     
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  6. Gossie

    Gossie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 1 golden campine named Buttercup. We got her from a hatchery last May in an assortment, but we thought she was a sicilian buttercup. When she didn't grow a buttercup comb, we knew she was a campine. She is so sweet and one of the best flyer we have.
     
  7. pipdzipdnreadytogo

    pipdzipdnreadytogo Dorking Queen Premium Member

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    I have one Golden Campine from Meyer Hatchery named Ihi, which is Maori for 'ray of sun'. She's a pet, just for fun. She is, for lack of any more fitting terms, insane. :lol: She is not flighty or anything, she just has such crazy antics and a crazy little voice. She's a sweetie, though. Not the most handleable in my flock, but definitely not flighty like my Leghorn. I mainly got her for the white eggs, but I only got one Campine because I wanted to make sure I liked them before I committed to them. I would definitely be willing to get another after owning Ihi. :)

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    My favorite characteristic about Ihi is that she makes me laugh all the time. She is just the funniest bird, whether it be the faces she makes, or the little chattering voice she has, or the odd places she ends up. She is such a comedian!

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    Debating what it was she stepped in:

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    "DERP."

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    Brushing her face against the butt-fluff of another hen for no apparent reason:

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    "Yeah, I'm molting! What's it to ya?"

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  8. sharol

    sharol Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. chicken4prez

    chicken4prez Overrun With Chickens

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    Is @Alexandra33 here yet? I'm pretty sure Alex is a Campine[​IMG]
     
  10. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    I've been waiting for her to show up too! She recently added a new article about hers and has some beautiful photos.

    Hope you drop by @Alexandra33 !
     
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