Frizzle Chickens are one of the odd breeds, and little is know about their origin. Charles Darwin Classes them as Frizzled or Caffie Fowls, not uncommon in India, with feathers curling backwards and primary feathers of wing and tail imperfect. Frizzle Chickens main points for exhibition purposes are the curl, which is most pronounced on feathers; the purity of color in plumage, correctness in leg color; i.e., yellow legs for the white, red, or buff, and yellow or willow for other varieties.
Characteristics: 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.The Frizzle Standard Chicken has been bred in several different colors:- self or single colored black, blue, buff, white Columbian as in the Wyandotte, duckwing, black-red, brown-red, cuckoo, pyle, spangle as in the Old English Game and red as in Rhode Island Red. All colors have red eyes, a single, medium sized comb and earlobes but the leg color varies and is usually darker with darker feathered birds. Beak color also corresponds with feather color, the buff, Columbian, pyle, red and white varieties all have yellow beaks while the spangle, black-red, cuckoo, black or blue have white beaks. There are three types of plumage – frizzled, over frizzled and flat-coated.
- Standard Weights: Cock-7 pounds; hen-6 pounds; cockerel-6 pounds; pullet-5 pounds.
- Skin Color: Yellow
- Egg Shell Color: Brown
- Use: Mainly for shows but can be a good egg producing variety.
- Origin: Old breed with unknown origin.
Interested in raising chickens, but not sure which breed might be right for you?
Things to consider:
Geography: Consider geography when selecting a breed. In cooler areas of the country, consider raising heavier birds. In hotter areas, consider lighter weight birds. Some birds have been specially breed for cold climates. Consider these birds if you live in a cold-climate area.
Space: Where will you be raising these chickens? Do you have a lot of farm land for the animals to be raised on, or are you planning to raise them in your backyard? If you have a small space in which to raise the birds, choose breeds with a calmer temperament and avoid birds that are listed as active. Active birds will not be happy in close confinement.
Temperament: When choosing a breed, consider temperament. Some breeds are calmer than others. If raising chickens in a backyard or in the city, you may prefer a calmer breed.