top of page

The wind swept feather curls appearance is simply adorable.   It is important to know that "frizzle" is not a breed, it is a genetic characteristic of feathers that curl upwards. Any breed can be paired with an existing frizzle to result in offspring that may frizzle.

 

Due to the nature of the frizzle gene, it is rare that you will get two birds that look exactly alike. While all 'frizzle' chicks purchased will have a parent that has the frizzle appearance,  how your chick feathers grow will be part of what makes it unique.  It can range from a high level of curled feathers, moderate curl, or in some cases may remain smooth. 

 

If the level of frizzle appearance is important such as for a show bird, it is recommended to order several to ensure you get 1 or more with your desired appearance.

 

The "F" gene (frizzle) allows the feathers to curl forward instead of laying flat like a smooth-feathered chicken.   To avoid the offspring "Curlies",  in which the poor bird's feathers are so brittle they break and give the chicken a featherless, naked appearance, we do not breed two frizzles together.  It is preferred to breed a frizzle chicken  with a smooth chicken to avoid feather breakage which results in 50% of the offspring to frizzle and 50%  may not have the appearance of curled feathers.  When ordering a frizzle chick, you may not know if your chick will have the frizzled appearance until his/her feathers grow in.  

 

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.  Chicken breeds with frizzled feathers are rare and very gorgeous to many chicken lovers.

Chick: Frizzle Red Bantam Cochin

$15.00Price
  • Most families are attracted to obtaining their chickens from us because we are proud to be completely different than typical feed store/ hatchery 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 since they are too small for safe vent sexing. We offer multiple sexing options.

     

    Male

    If you are lucky enough to have a rooster, our male sexing option is a great way to save money on a wonderful breed.

     

    Unsexed

    This option means that the chicks have not yet been sexed and are sold as a straight run. While nature usually averages half girls and half boys in high volumes, families should only order if prepared for >50% possible roosters.

     

    Female Coverage

    This is our most economical choice for families seeking a female. We kept city ordinances that restrict rooster ownership in mind. This option is great for families that want to enjoy a backyard flock of ladies. We use traditional sexing methods on the breeds that capable of being vent sexed, home accidental roosters, and issue store credit of original purchased price. To learn more about how we sex baby chicks based on their breed view: How to Sex Chickens.

     

    Depending on the breed, sexing accuracy can range as low as 50% for bantam breeds, 90% for standard breeds, and as high as 95% for auto sexing breeds. Our female coverage option is not a service fee for sexing the chick, it is the cost difference between purchasing a male or a female chicken. We do not believe in grinding males alive nor suffocating them as day olds to enable a profit when selling a stated female chick at ridiculously low prices. Thus, our female pricing takes into consideration the male left behind with each female purchased. Male chicks are typically half the price of a female.

     

    To qualify for rehoming, the rooster must remain in perfect health. If the family decides to return the rooster, a store credit in the amount of original purchase price is provided. As a family, you are welcome to decide to keep any accidental rooster and forfeit the credit.

     

    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. DNA testing is a significantly higher financial investment. In most cases, it is 3x the cost as (1) female sex covered chick.

     

     

    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.

     

    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 (up to $100 savings) and use the store credit towards a replacement or our organic feed. While harder to sex bantam breeds, or families that know they will develop a with strong emotional attachment prefer to invest in DNA sexing.

     

bottom of page