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Other name(s): Brakel; Brakelhoen;
Kempische Brakel; Brakel Courtes Pattes
Scientific name: Gallus gallus domesticus
Country / Place of origin: Belgium
History: The Braekel or Brakel is a Belgian chicken breed which is similar to the Campine. The Braekel is one of the older European chicken breeds, first being mentioned in 1416 as a successful poultry breed in the Brakel region of Belgium.
Current Uses: The Braekel chicken is used for its egg laying ability, producing 180 to 200 white eggs a year.
Appearance: The gold and silver varieties of Braekel chicken are the most common today. In Europe Braekels can also be found in black, white, blue, chamois and black-headed. The short legged version of the Braekel chicken is called the "Brakel Courtes Pattes".Average weight: Largefowl: 6 - 7 lb.. Bantam: 28-52 ounces.
Average weight: N/A
Lifespan: 10 - 15 years
Diet: The nutritional requirements of chickens will vary depending on their age and if they are egg layers. Young and egg laying chickens will need more protein and calcium. Commercial feeds designed for different chicken life stages will meet these basic needs. To add variety and supplement any missing nutrients you can supplement their daily diet with kale, carrots, or most any chopped fruits or veggies. They will also greatly enjoy insects, worms, slugs, and snails. For egg laying hens you may want to provide a steady supply of ground oyster shells. Otherwise chickens on a commercial diet do not need grit. Fresh clean water must be available at all times.
Housing: Braekel chickens are active animals that can fly very well, and can fly easily fly over fences. With bantams, it is best to keep them in an enclosed coop.
Health issues: Although chickens are considered an easy pet they do require the expert care of an avian veterinarian and regular check ups. There are several diseases that they can receive vaccines for such as Newcastles, Avian Flu, Avian Pox, Infectious Laryngotracheitis, and Marek’s Disease. Your vet may also recommend regular worming. Your vet can also be a valuable resource on aspects of good care that will prevent the spread of disease within your flock.
Behavior / Temperament / Activity level: The Braekel is a very active bird that prefers to keep it's distance from humans. They are not prone to broodiness.