Breed Rating (18 Reviews)



Frizzles reportedly originate from Southern Asia, the Philippines and Java around 300 years ago but examples were actually documented in Europe in 1676. These only had frizzled wings and neck hackles though. 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. 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.


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 has been bred in several different colours :- self or single coloured 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 colours have red eyes, a single, medium sized comb and earlobes but the leg colour varies and is usually darker with darker feathered birds. Beak colour also corresponds with feather colour, 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.

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Frizzles - Gardenwren,

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.

frizzlechkens - Daisy,

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 tankyou from c.a.a .h.l.o.

Lovely banties - Nina,

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.

beautiful pet - Pearl,

tend to get broody but won't set well

- Bettijo,

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.

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