Frizzles - Just a reminder note to everyone regarding these chickens

Blackberry18

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I've noticed an increased amount of misconceptions regarding frizzled chickens. Many seem to think that frizzles are a breed of chicken, but I just wanted to make it clear that frizzles are not a breed, though is considered one in Australia and Europe, but not America.It's true that the Standard of Perfection lists it as a breeds, but it also specifies that it can occur in any breed of chicken. So, if it's not a breed, what is it?

Frizzling is actually a dominant gene that it thought to have originated in Asia, which causes the bird's feathers to curl towards it's head. The frizzle gene is heterozygous, meaning that it is an incomplete dominant. Breeding two frizzles (Ff) will result in 50% of the offspring heterozygous frizzled (Ff), 25% not frizzled (ff), and 25% homozygous frizzled or "over-frizzled" (FF), in which they have brittle feathers.

Frizzled chickens are a common part of the poultry world, since they can appear in almost every kind of chicken. I hope this clears things up a bit and creates a clearer understanding of it. Good luck!
 
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