It is important to know that "frizzle" is not a breed, it is a genetic characteristic of the feathers curling up that make them so attractive. Any breed can be paired with the frizzle gene, however, these girls bloodline is from bantam cochins. Chicken breeds with frizzled feathers are rare and very gorgeous to many chicken lovers. Due to the nature of the frizzle gene, it is rare that you will get two birds that look exactly alike.
My favorite is the wind swept feather curls on the polish as they are just too adorable. Sizzles are a combination of Silkies bred with a frizzled Cochin. We breed the frizzle gene with several breeds so you are sure to fall in love with the unique variety.
The "F" gene (frizzle) allows the feathers to curl forward instead of laying flat like a smooth-feathered chicken. There is a danger in breeding 2 frizzles together. The result is what is called "Curlies" in which the poor bird's feathers are so brittle they break and give the chicken a featherless, naked appearance. It is preferred to breed a frizzle with a smooth to get about a 50-50 rate of frizzled vs. smooth feathered chicks. This means that even though you get a frizzle gened chick, 50% may not actually have the appearance of curled feathers. The frizzled feathers begin showing up within days of hatching, which take longer to fill in that smooth feathers.
Awareness of their care is important.
Because their feathers curl forward, they leave the chicken more vulnerable to having their skin pecked and having feathers easily are pulled out. They also do not fly, so roost bars and nesting boxes need to be lower to the ground. They are not as cold hardy as smooth feathered chickens. Making it even more important that they do not get wet in winter.
Most families are attracted to obtaining their chickens from us because we are completely different than the industry standards. Industry standard is to sex as accurately as possible and sell as pullets (female chicks) and force customers to accept a >10% chance of an accidental rooster without the ability to accept returns nor refunds. In addition, industry standard is to sell bantams (such as silkies) as straight runs only as vent sexing is not possible. We offer multiple sexing options. If you are not able to care for an accidental rooster our female coverage and DNA sexing options are a great value.
We provide as much information on our website as possible to ensure families make an informed decision based on their situation and lifestyle. Some breeds are more accurate in sexing and most families find our female coverage adequate in providing a free home for their accidental rooster ($50 savings) and issuing store credit in the amount of orginal purchased price. While other breeds or families with strong emotional attachments prefer to invest in DNA sexing.
If you are lucky enough to have a rooster, our male sexing option is a great way to save money on a wonderful breed.
Female Chick Coverage
Our female sexing coverage is designed for families that live within city ordinances that do not allow roosters or families wanting a free home for any accidental rooster. To qualify for rehoming, the rooster must be healthy. If the family decides to return the healthy rooster, a store credit in the amount of original purchase price is provided. As a family, you decide if you would rather return the healthy boy(s) for credit or if you have fallen in love with the boy(s) and prefer to keep him/them without credit.
Depending on the breed, sexing accuracy can range as low as 50% (bantam breeds such as Silkies), 90% (standard breeds) and as high as 97% (auto sexing breeds). To learn more about how we sex baby chicks based on breed and how you can sex as they age, View: How to Sex Chickens
Female sex covered chicks are eligible for our prorated life insurance.
DNA Sexed Female Chicks
For families that get emotionally bonded quickly and do not want to risk a future discovery of a rooster, we offer DNA sexing. DNA sexing is the only true accurate method of sexing baby chicks. You will receive laboratory results certifying 99.9% accuracy. DNA testing is a significantly higher financial investment. In most cases, it is 3x the cost as (1) female sex covered chick.
Our DNA sexed option is offered as "Next Available" or as a pre-order. Once enough chicks hatch and are available, we submit multiple chicks for testing for each DNA female chick ordered. The laboratory results can take 1-2 weeks after sample submission.
Time flexibility of order fulfillment is needed for this option. Once your order is ready, we communicate via text (to the number provided at checkout) that your order is ready for pick up. DNA sexed chicks need to be picked up or delivery arranged within 7 days of text. We are not able to extend free boarding. If exceeding 7 days, the original order will be forfeited. We are able to provide a store credit to allow reordering minus a $65 DNA testing fee.
DNA Sexed Female chicks are eligible for our prorated life insurance.
Balance accuracy with financial investment
The sexing decision is one that needs to be made at time of purchased and the original order cannot be altered once the order is fulfilled. It is important as a family to determine the right balance between sexing accuracy and financial investment for your family’s situation.