The Brakel or Braekel chicken breed is one of the older European chicken breeds. Its history dates back to 1416, when it was mentioned as a successful poultry breed of the Brakel region, in Belgium, from which it took it's name. Brakels are similar to the Campine breed, which originated in Antwerp in the northern part of Belgium. Brakel and Campine females look very similar, but Brakel males have normal cock feathering, whilst Campine males have hen feathering which distinguishes the two, together with subtle differences in weight, the Brakel being the heavier of the two. Two distinct types of Braekel were recognized in the past: the large type living on rich clay soil Flanders, and a light-weight type from the less fertile region, the Kempen. Due to crossbreeding between the different types, this distinction vanished, resulting in a single type. Old names for the breed are "The Everyday Layer", "The Grey White Neck" and "The Nuns Hen". Details: Purpose: Egg production Egg laying: 180-200 white eggs annually Weight: Cock - 7 lb; Hen - 6 lb Colours/Varieties: Silver; Gold (Standardised in the UK) All pics by @SimonV BYC Breed Discussion: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/846278/brakel-and-related-breeds-thread/0_30 Do you own Brakels? Are you a Brakel breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including: · What made you decide to get this breed? · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose? · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed? · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!