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Dumb clucks.


After receiving my May/June issue in the mail today, I was happy to see a photograph of a chicken that I breed and promote. However, I realized there was a mistake when I read the article.

The golden-penciled Hamburg in the picture (middle photo on Page 83) was mistaken for a golden Campine. While they are in the same class for showing (Continental) and have similar color patterns, there are many things that separate the two breeds.

Most notably, the Campine has a single comb, whereas the Hamburg has a rose comb. Another fun fact about the Campine is that the males are hen-feathered. Very few breeds are hen-feathered (meaning the male's feather pattern and shape resemble that of its female counterpart). Campines, as mentioned in the article, come in silver and golden varieties, while the Hamburg comes in six stunning colors: white, black, silver-spangled, golden-spangled, silver-penciled and golden-penciled.

The rest of the article was well-written, and I am happy to see that the Langshans made the cut in the author's choices. I still breed these birds (mainly in bantams anymore), and at 4 and 5 years old, they are still producing just as well as a 2-year-old.


Atascadero, California

Amanda, you are exactly right: the comb is a telltale giveaway! Only a handful of readers pointed this out, but a true Campine would have a single comb, as you say Sorry this one slipped by us!--Editors

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Title Annotation:Mail Call
Author:Clark, Amanda
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Date:Jul 1, 2012
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