Do I have a double dose frizzle chick?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ozzie, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. ozzie

    ozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2007
    I've hatched a few chicks from some posted eggs (they had 1 frizzle parent) and 1 particular chick just seems slower to feather up than the others. Initially I thought it was because it was a 'he' but looking at him his feathers look different to the other male frizzle chicks. Is he a double frizzle? If so does that mean he won't survive (I've heard that there are lots of problems with them) and that I should cull him?

    This is him - Cadbury

    Another close up of Cadbury

    Another shot of Cadbury

    Just for comparison - here's the other male frizzle - it's nice and soft

    thank you
  2. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    the only problem I have heard of is they are not as soft and fluffy as the others. I would not cull him but I would not use him as breeding stock either. Pet quality would be good for someone who just LOVES the frizzle variety. sometimes they frizzle more as they grow up too.


    Feb 2, 2009
    Hamilton Ga
    Does not look double dosed to me.[​IMG]
  4. ozzie

    ozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2007
    Does not look double dosed to me.

    Thank you for your opinions - I guess he just looks curlier than the others. Does that probably mean that he's slow to feather up? [​IMG]

  5. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    he's a double dose. Keep him and breed him with straight feathered hens.. 100% frizzle offspring.

    Here's a pic of a 4 months old..
  6. Bock_Bock

    Bock_Bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 13, 2008
    Hayward, Ca
    o dont think it is double dozed i think it is a really nice looking bird actually
  7. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 13, 2008
    Sun City, California
    Ozzie, if there was only 1 frizzle in the breeding stock, he cannot be double dose. For double doses to happen, need to have at least a frizzled roo and hen..

    I used to breed mixed breed frizzles and also frizzled Wyandotte bantams. It seemed to me other factors can also affect the frizzle appearence, such as feather length, hardness, etc.. for example a bird with genetically long and soft feathers can look quite curly/wavy, like water swirling around rocks in a stream.. but on short hard feathers, they look more like pine cones. Never bred two frizzles together either.

    From the few double dose pics I've seen(never saw any in person), most were pretty sparsely feathered and the feathers broke off easily leaving the birds looking more like porcupines.
  8. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    He looks just fine to me. Some Frizzles will be more intense than others and there are some birds that carry a slow feathering gene as well. You should do fine with him. I wish I could find some before and after photos in my albums for you. At around 8 to 10 weeks Cadbury should be feathered in enough to see his potential
  9. DiVon80

    DiVon80 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    Pearl River,Louisiana
    I was reading on Ideals web sight that you have the possibility of getting normals,frizzels and curlies. So there may be a third possibility. I dought Ideal will do frizzel to frizzel because of the health issues. I am learning also. Like to see your pictures. I would not judge him yet....he may reall surprise you![​IMG]
  10. ozzie

    ozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2007
    Thank you everyone for your opinions. I hatched him from eggs off a lady in the mail - I was doubtful that he was double dosed because the lady said that only 1 of the parents was a frizzle. When he started to look really different and curly I was rather concerned and he always looked sparser than the others (and smaller) because he was just so slow to feather up...the others look real poofy and he just looks bald.

    They are only 4-5 weeks old so there's a way to go yet before the final verdict. Just from genetics alone I'm doubtful because the lady said only 1 of the parents is a frizzle but then again, sometimes you will get fence jumpers... [​IMG]

    Thanks again - this is a great forum!


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