Chicken Breed Focus - Brakel

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sumi, Jul 7, 2016.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    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)


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    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!
     
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  2. QuoVadis

    QuoVadis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Beautiful, what is their personality like?
     
  3. PhatChicks

    PhatChicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Can this be a bantam as well? I have a banty rooster that I don't know what he is.[​IMG]
     
  4. chickengr

    chickengr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have order a brakel pullet. the reason is these chickens are too beautiful so I must have at least one. the breeder is not willing to sell more than 1 female and I already have 7 males of different breeds.
     
  5. JessHeller

    JessHeller Out Of The Brooder

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    Looks a lot like an Egyptian
     
  6. abbevilleoz

    abbevilleoz Overrun With Chickens

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    I think it's one of the most beautiful breeds! Hoping to acquire a small flock in the near future. Can anyone describe their general personality?
     
  7. SimonV

    SimonV Out Of The Brooder

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    The hens are calmer than Campine hens,they are very friendly and like to run in your way when you are in their pen.
    They get very tame when you use treats an if you are calm around them.
    I now have 4 roosters of this breed, but still have my original one to.
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  8. SimonV

    SimonV Out Of The Brooder

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    Nope,not a brakel Bantam unfortunately
    This is a golden Brakel Bantam [​IMG]
     
  9. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    That is a Silver Duckwing Old English Game Bangam cockerel... or SDW OEGB for short...
     
  10. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They are stunning! Just Beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing the info[​IMG]
     

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