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Campine Chickens' intelligent nature, upright carriage, andrnstunning plumage make them a show favorite. They are rare in America, but theyrnenjoy popularity in Northern Europe. They are an active breed, and they dornbetter as show birds and layers than as pets. They weigh only four to fivernpounds, but they produce an average of three, medium-white eggs a week onrnmodest feed.

rnrnAlthough of docile temperament, detractors of the breedrnlabel them "wild." Campines like their freedom and will chafe at confinement inrngood weather. Like many foragers they have an inherent intelligence necessaryrnfor free-range chickens. The term "cocky" applies to the Campine demeanor. Theyrnstrut with the spirit of a fowlish thoroughbred. As a group they react tornsudden movement with a flighty response. Their temperament probably accountsrnfor their near extinction after World War II and their rare status even today.

rnrnWhat Campines lack in personality they make up for inrnappearance. They have two basic plumage - the Gold and Silver Campine named forrnthe splendid hackles around their neck. The gold variety has a orange hacklernstarting at the base of the skull stretching to the back cape. Silvers have thernsame configuration except with a snowy white hackle. The breast and wingrnconsist of a gold or silver base color with an intricate, black, zig-zagrnlacing. Campines have red pea combs and wattles that stand in stark contrast torntheir white earlobes. They have the color of a true, ornamental bantam.

rnrnAvid foragers, the Campine needs ample room to roam, sornbuild an adequate run. Confinement in the summer months leads to a form of fowlrnparanoia and generally unhealthy chickens. In winter months, Campines want forrna large coop to protect them from the elements. Keep show fowl on wood shavingsrnto protect their feathers from damage and dirt. Campines have a flightyrndisposition. Keep their environment quiet and calm. They like to fly. Usernfencing wire high enough to prevent their escape. 

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