Association for Promotion of Belgian Poultry Breeds


Large fowl





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Brakel bantam

A silver Brakel bantam rooster

Origin : The oldest evidence of Brakel bantams goes back to 1933. At that time a trio silver Brakel bantams were entered at a poultry show in Holland. The origin of these birds was a collaboration between a few breeders in the North of Belgium (Antwerp region) and a Dutch breeder. Where they got them or how they created them is unknown. Only in 1952, nineteen years later, they appeared again. At an exhibition of ‘Het Neerhof’ in Ghent, a Flemish breeder entered eight birds.

Characteristics : Brakel bantams are very active birds that are best kept in a closed pen because they can almost fly like pigeons. They are rather heavy bantams with very good laying qualities. The eggs weigh between 35 and 40 gram and the shells are pure white.

Appearance : Brakel bantams are a mini-version of large Brakel fowl. So they are rectangular in shape with a deep breast and abdomen. Most hens weigh between 800 and 1000 gram and roosters even almost 1,5 kilos. The comb of the hens should fall over to one side just like in the large breed but that is often a problem. The eyes are very dark, the earlobes white and the shanks slate blue. 

Varieties : The typical barring pattern of the large Brakel is much less perfect in Brakel bantams but the aim is of course to get the same kind of pattern. The most common varieties are silver and gold. Other recognized varieties are lemon, white-barred gold, barred white, white, black and blue.

State : Rare to very rare. In the Northern Dutch-speaking part of Belgium there are a few breeders left, just like in Holland and Germany. The variety that we see mostly is silver, gold is much less common but appears to better in quality. In Holland there are a few white-barred gold and barred white. These last two varieties are no longer present in Belgium. The non-barred varieties appear to have become extinct.

A golden Brakel bantam hen