Friesland breed?????

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by rhodiegal, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. rhodiegal

    rhodiegal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am reading The Mill on the Floss, which was written by George Eliot in 1860. The author mentions a chicken owned by a 'gentleman farmer' in England called a Friesland hen. She goes on to describe it as, "with their feathers all turned the wrong way."

    The first thing I thought was it was some kind of Frizzle, but it was hard to find anything online. I did find a breed called a Friesian - says it is old and from Holland, but does not mention feathers turned the wrong way.

    Anyway, thought it was interesting - has anyone ever heard of a Friesland chicken??
     
  2. Henk69

    Henk69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Friesian fowl (Fries hoen) are normal feathered. I think they mean frizzle.
     
  3. rhodiegal

    rhodiegal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could be - thought it was interesting that she must of seen and heard of the breed Friesland before to have written of them, but maybe she had seen a Frizzle version of it - or maybe she was confused between the two names as they sound kind of alike? I was not sure when the Frizzle feathers first came about, as the book was written in 1860. In any case, she was pretty specific about the name and how it looked.
     

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