A Silver Campine rooster

The Campine breed was developed in the Campine country of Belgium, where it has been bred for centuries. It was developed for white egg production. The sexes are identical in color pattern and sometimes the males are hen-feathered. Campines come in two varieties, Silver and Golden.

Hen-feathering is when the male bird does not develop the typical long sickle feathers of a rooster, the pointed hackle (neck) feathers, or the pointed saddle feathers which hang in front of the tail. European Campines are often hen-feathered but in the US it is not as common and is a disqualification. Sebright bantams, on the other hand,must be hen-feathered to fit the breed standard.

Campine Links:

An SPPA article on The Campine: Silver and Gold by Sheila Holligan

"Arn," a hen-feathered Golden Campine cockerel at 4 months of age

"Arn," again, at one year of age

"Anshigg," a Golden Campine hen
Photo courtesy of Bill and Sue Tivol

"Kurita," a Silver Campine pullet
Photo courtesy of Ket

Silver Campine chicks, pullet on the left
Photos courtesy of

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