The Braekel ;
or Brakel is a traditional Belgian breed of chicken. It is thought to have originated in the area of Brakel, in the Flemish province of East Flanders, for which it is named. There is a bantam version of the Braekel.The Campine of the United Kingdom derives from it.
Brakel is one of the oldest European chicken breeds, originated in the first half of the 15th century. It is believed that they were taken to (what is now known as) Belgium by the Crusaders during the Middle Ages. They are believed to be related to the Fajoumi, a bird that still exists in Egypt. This attractive bird is classified as a lightweight bird with striped feathers and small, black eyes.
- Rooster 2–2.5 kg
- Hen 1.8–2.2 kg.
A straight banding pattern of the feathers and a uniform solid neck colour are characteristic of the Braekel. Several colour variants exist, with the gold and the silver variant being the most common.
Braekel hens lay well from the age of six or seven months, and in a year may produce approximately 180 white-shelled eggs weighing 60–65 g.