Rare Breed Brakel
Rare Breed Brakels, or Braekels, originate from the neighborhood of Nederbraekel in Flanders. They are one of Europe’s oldest breeds, sometimes referred to as ‘The Everyday Layer’, ‘The Grey White Neck’, or ‘The Nuns Hen’. The first imports to Britain were in 1898, but since the second World War, the numbers have declined, hence their rare breed status now.
The Brakel is a bright eyed, alert hen, with distinctive white ear lobes, leaden blue feet and legs, and striking, bright plumage. The single comb falls gracefully over one side of the face. She has a keen interest in her human keepers, which consequently makes her a perfect addition to any garden.
The Silver is noted for the stunning beetle green black barring, which is twice the width of the white ground colour. The head and neck hackles are pure white
The Gold is similar to the Silver, with barring on the back and body, but with rich golden bay as the ground colour.
The Brakel lays a delicious, medium sized, pure white egg, with a dense texture and hard shell – and up to 200 per year. White eggs are said to be better than other eggs, for baking, and have become much more popular in the past few years.
Not surprising, they are favoured by TV chef, Delia Smith.