Frizzle Chicken

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The basics:
The Frizzle Chicken is a recognized breed in the UK, that has frizzle feathers. Frizzled Cochins are often confused with the breed, but they differ in that the Frizzle breed has clean legs.

"Frizzle" is a genetic mutation which causes a chicken's feathers to grow so they curve outward, instead of lying smoothly along the bird's body. The frizzle mutation can be displayed in any chicken breed, and is relatively common in Poland’s, Japanese and more recently Cochins. In the United Kingdom, the Frizzle Chicken is accepted as a unique breed by the Poultry Club of Great Britain. Frizzle Chickens come in both bantam and standard sizes, though bantams are more popular than the large fowls.

According to The Frizzle Society of Great Britain, "It is commonly held that the Frizzle heralds from Asia, with reports of ‘frizzled fowl’ appearing in places such as India, Java and the Philippines since the 18th Century. However this is by no means conclusive as frizzling of the plumage is a genetic mutation which is capable of being displayed in any breed. This gives our Frizzle breed a rather mysterious past, as no one can be sure as to the direct origins of the breed, which is now standardised under the Poultry Club of Great Britain. It would be prudent to accept that these Asian ‘frizzled fowl’ may well have found their way into the hands of breeders and developed into the distinctive breed we have today. It must be stressed however that simply having frizzled plumage does not constitute a Frizzle. The Frizzle breed whilst obviously displaying the necessary curl of feather, must also match the standard for breed type, size, colour etc.."

Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Black, Blue, Buff, White, and more
Uses: Ornamental
Bantam: 22 - 26 oz
Largefowl: 6 - 8 lbs
Personality: Sweet and docile. The Frizzle breed makes a great farm animal or pet.
Broody: Yes
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Tinted
Egg size: Large

What else you should know:
When breeding Frizzles, it is best to breed a frizzle feathered Frizzle to a non-frizzled feathered Frizzle. This helps prevent chicks from getting two of the frizzle feather gene, which results in brittle feathers.


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