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Willem Hoekstra

Other common names: Kaamse Kiep

The basics:
The Chaams Hoen is a very old Dutch breed of poultry. The breed is assumed to have been developed from Campine fowl, which were spread throughout the coastal areas by monasteries. It is believed that the village of Chaam’s ancient monastery’s Norbertijn monks where responsible for creating and sharing the Chaams Hoen breed.

During the 19th and 20th century, the Chaams Hoen was well known throughout the western and middle parts of Brabant. The breed was favored by the Royal family, for its fine meat quality and flavor. The Chaams Hoen was standardized in 1909, and exhibited with regularity until the 1950’s. Strangely, shortly after the breed was said to have disappeared, and didn’t start recovering in popularity until 2001.

Types: Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Gold, Silver
Uses: Eggs, Meat
Weight: 5 - 7 lbs
Personality: Calm and easy to care for.
Preferred climate: Warm
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Medium - Large

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