Exotic, striking, outrageously-glamorous birds when in top condition; or a woebegone mess of half-picked feathers and bare skin if a more dominant chicken (or chickens) takes them to task and the keeper doesn't catch a hint of the problem in time. The lovely Frizzle can plummet from show-bird quality to a tragic little figure indeed in a matter of half-hour's time when there is a bully in the flock. I would love to give them five stars in every category, but---alas!---they are not for everyone. I have raised many of them over the years and have found visitors either love them or despise them. I've noticed a predominance in Cochins, Phoenix, Silkies, and Polish, although, as one of the reviewer's mentioned, they are not a specific breed but a feathering type that can crop up in any chicken breed. In my experience, the Frizzles, despite the breed or variety, are a bit more high-strung than the smooth-feathered birds of the same type. This may be because all Frizzles have a high-blood pressure condition; I believe I was first made aware of this in one of Brian Reeder's books on domestic fowl raising. The high-blood pressure causes a slightly shorter life-span than non-Frizzled fowl. I have rated Frizzles as 3 out of 5 for friendliness due to the skittish nature I have noticed, although there have been exceptions, of course. 3 out of 5 for hardiness due to the need for extra heat and care when the chick is growing, which continues on to adulthood, adding in the high-blood pressure and subsequent effect on longevity. Definitely they need to be watched with extra supervision to maintain them at their best. The birds that are characterized as "Frazzles" ---a double-dose Frizzle---are hard-feathered (non-intensives) and display more skin than is optimal. The "Sizzles" (Frizzle X Silkie ) are some of the more heavily-feathered of the Frizzled birds. These "Sizzles" show good consistency in feather curling, depth of color, and density; they are, in my experience, friendlier and calmer as well. The Frizzling gene seems to have an interesting effect on some other aspects of genetic diversity; I have had many offspring displaying a "doubled" comb or a Buttercup-type comb when neither of the purebred parents had such a thing. Has anyone else noticed this? The roosters of the Polish and Phoenix breeds are outstanding in the crests on the Polish, and the neck and saddle hackle on both breeds when Frizzled. There is nothing more stunning than seeing a Silver-laced Frizzled Polish rooster in full, prime plumage---it will stop any poultry fancier in their tracks! Frizzles require more time and attention, but give back fabulous results.
Fizzle chickens are NOT any one particular breed, but rather a gene/feather type. From reviewing your own description, it is obvious you don't know much about the birds.
I have successfully raised large fowl fizzles for years and have to say they are lovely birds. Most of my foundation stock consisted of Ameracauna, Aracauna and Australorps, producing majority black fizzle offspring. In recent years we have also been working with different breeds, i.e Dominique, Marans, Wyandotte, Welsummer, etc, successfully introducing more color and genetic diversity into our breeding program. I can say, from experience working with the gene, that fizzles are as variant and diverse as the day is long. Depending on the parentage, we have produced fizzles with rose combs, single combs, red eyes, green eyes, etc, but ALL dominant fizzles have the same characteristic "backwards" curled feathers, regardless of the lineage. Without their curled appearance, though they may be a carrier, they are not a true frizzle. For those wanting to add these gorgeous birds to your flock, I would advise educating yourself on their specific needs (doesn't tolerate extreme cold and more succeptible to "pecking" injury as their feathers don't lend the best protection) and finding a reputable breeder with good, strong stock from whom to buy.
they are very cute and a good family pet they are easy to look after and very friendly most of them love people some are OK
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Friendly pets who get on well with the cat and can be quite vocal once they have laid their daily egg, one is a massive 48g! All three have gone broody but only one was allowed to sit. she spent 21 days in the cat box inside, and was taken outside for food and water once a day away from her sisters. 3 weeks later four beautiful chicks. I shall try and post photos but none I have submitted yet have been used.
tend to get broody but won't set well
My wonderful Frizzle makes me smile every day. She is truly unique, not only her appearance but her personality. Of my five chickens she is the one who can communicate and let you know that she is in charge. I had to keep her in my house at night for a while and she walked in the back door at her bed time,got in her "cat carrier"and tossed the timothy hay over herself, making cooing sounds.
This is not a chicken for cold weather. She molts in the fall and even when fully grown in her feathers don't protect her as much as the cochins' feathers. It is very cold tonight and I am trying to envision a Frizzle sweater. I love her eggs--I am always amazed at the size of the egg that tiny body can produce. I treasure each day I have her --and I think there will never be another chicken like "Frizzie". She lives with her sisters in an origianl green Egglu.
yesterday, i got a white frizzle chicken wich i named frost! shes moved in to are chicken pen, but was extremely shy. this was mainly because of our buff orpington bullying her a bit, but theyre getting along ok now. although shy, frizzles tend to run off frequently as we found last night, but she has turned up safe and sound. i greatly recommend frizzles to any keen chicken owner, however try to keep an eye on them when theyre nearer larger chickens.
I hatched my frizzles with eggs purchsed from cheekypekins,i can't wait to purchse more this year as they are so cute!
I would love to keep some frizzles but am struggling to find a true frizzle! Has anyone got any hatching eggs? or birds not too far from hampshire i could collect? Please help? :-(
I have four frizzles and each one has a different personality. They are easily tamed and very friendly. One little girl even laid an egg in my terrier's basket while he looked on! The talk away to themselves and one another but do not seem as noisy as some other breeds and their looks are stunning. Lovely yellow legs, dumpy bodies and wonderful scatty feathers. Highly recommended! (Should not be confused with Pekins, Polands or other breeds who have frizzle feathers).