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So did I hatch a frizzle?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by junebuggena, Mar 1, 2016.

  1. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    I'll start by saying, I do not, nor have I ever owned any frizzled birds. No frizzled bird has ever come into contact with my flock, ever.
    I hatched some eggs from my Easter Egger hen and rooster.
    The chicks are 2.5 weeks old, and I'm noticing that one chick looks a bit different. It was the tail feathers that got my attention. They curve out, back towards the body. Then I started looking closer. The shoulder feathers flare out. The wing feathers curve upwards and point up towards the back. The neck feathers also curve. Is this a random mutation causing frizzling? Or is it something else?
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  2. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    that is not frizzle. in frizzles, it is way obvious before that age and every single feather is curled.

    it looks like simply 'mussed up feathers', causes unknown to me and probably will straighten out at next molt.
     
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  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    I had a hatchery EE chick with the same look. I was quite puzzled, but figured with hatchery birds, who knows, right? But she outgrew it and now is the classic EE looking pullet.
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    It's really odd. It's the only chick like this. Parents were hatchery stock, so who knows what random genes are going on. I know it's not nutritional. They have unlimited access to starter all day and night, and they have vitamins added to their water. The feathers just have a curve to them. It's really weird.
     
  5. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    not so rare actually.

    also known issue in a small percentage of ringneck pheasant chicks- people getting excited about new frizzled pheasants.. then they molt out normal.
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    Here's an update. My chick is now 5 weeks old, and clearly a cockerel. He's got dark red coming in on the shoulders. And he is more 'frizzled' than ever.
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