Frizzle (chicken plumage)

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A Frizzle White Pekin

A frizzle refers to a plumage pattern in domesticated chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus) characterized by feathers that curl outwards, rather than lying flat as in most chickens. The frizzle type is not a separate breed, but a variety within breeds. Though all breeds of chickens may be frizzled; it is most commonly seen in breeds such as the Cochin, Pekin, and Polish.[1] Chickens with this pattern are sometimes referred to as frizzles. The gene which causes the frizzles' peculiar feathering is an incomplete dominant trait.[1]


As a result of its unusual look, frizzles are primarily used as exhibition birds, and are included in most English language poultry standards.

There is a pure breed of chicken with this feature, known as the Frizzle breed.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens". Damerow, Gail (1995). Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens. 210 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247: Storey Publishing. pp. 2, 175. ISBN 978-1-58017-325-4.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  2. ^ The Frizzle Society of Great Britain

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