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A Frizzle is a type of chicken with feathers that curl outwards, rather than lying flat as in most chickens. The gene which causes the Frizzles’ peculiar feathering is a dominant trait. Each feather is moderately long and curls backwards towards the bird’s head. The individual feathers have a rather ragged appearance and the neck has abundant frizzled feathers. Frizzles are erect birds with short, broad bodies and a rounded full breast. They have long wings and large upright tails and their legs are free from feathers. As a result of its unusual look, Frizzles are primarily used as exhibition birds, and are included in the Standard of Perfection.
They are hardy birds which grow quickly. The chicks appear to be normally feathered when they are hatched but the wing feathers soon start to grow and turn outwards. They are gentle birds and are good layers who don’t sit particularly well. They are classed as a heavy breed and are often considered to be purely for exhibition but make good table birds and are perfectly well suited to free range or outdoor pens.
Frizzles reportedly originate from Southern Asia, the Philippines and Java around 300 years ago but examples were actually documented in Europe in 1676.
The breed is very popular for exhibition, usually in the bantam form. The large fowl was virtually extinct until a handful of enthusiasts recently started a breeding program to revive it. They are now considered to be a rare breed.