What, you may ask is a Frizzle? It is most definitely a chicken, but a chicken with a very unusual look and some special needs to go with the look.
Frizzles are a charming and delightful addition for your flock. They are a non-aggressive bird that is content to either free range or hang out with the other chickens in confinement.
Frizzle chickens have unique feathers that curl outwards instead of lying flat. “Frizzling” is where the feather starts to curl upward and outward from the body instead of lying flat against the body as in a ‘traditional’ chicken.
The strange feathering curls towards the head and is even and as tight as possible. Frizzles are full breasted and have short erect bodies. Large tails and long wings complete the picture.
Frizzling is caused by an incomplete dominant gene. One copy of the gene present in one bird is sufficient to cause frizzling. A copy present in both parent birds will result in a high incidence of frazzles.
Frizzles do need some special attention because of their feathering. Since they cannot fly, they should have perches set lower down so that they can access them.
The feathers of a Frizzle don’t insulate like traditional chicken feathers, so you do need to pay extra attention in extreme cold and heat.
Just like many traditional chickens, Frizzles lay eggs, up to approximately 150 a year! The hens are extremely good mothers.
If you want a bird that seems continually happy, non-demanding and a delight to look at, the Frizzle has it all!