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The Campine is a Belgian breed whose origins are thought to date back to the time of Julius Caesar. Poultry historians believe it decended from the Brakel a breed that has been documented in writing in Belgium since 1416. As a pure breed the Campine is seen in two colours: gold and silver. The difference in colouring is most clearly seen in the head and neck feathers, although the gold and silver do permeate through the body feathers, which are predominantly barred with beetle-green. Although they are good layers, Campines are considered more as ornamental in North America and are few enough in number to be classified as ‘rare’ in the UK – and this despite the fact that they were sufficiently popular to have had their own breed society in the late 19th century. One of their most notable characteristics is the cock bird’s very ‘hen-like’ shape: it lacks the long curved tail, saddle and hackle feathers normally seen in males and at a quick glance could be mistaken for a hen. Campines are said to be friendly, chatty birds that are good foragers and fliers. They are a good laying, soft-feather, light breed, hens produce more than two hundred medium-size eggs per year and rarely go broody

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  • Class:  Bantam
  • Purpose:  Laying
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