Apr 3, 2014

Frizzle Feathered Chickens, Divas of the Chicken World

This is Rachel. If you haven't already made her acquaintance, she's something of a hen starlet on my Facebook page where she is featured daily in all her fluffy cuteness. Rachel is a Bantam Cochin Frizzle. Cochin is her breed, bantam describes her miniature size and frizzle describes her unusual feathers.
This is Rachel. If you haven't already made her acquaintance, she's something of a hen starlet on my Facebook page where she is featured daily in all her fluffy cuteness. Rachel is a bantam frizzled Cochin. Cochin is her breed, bantam describes her miniature size and frizzle describes her unusual feathers. Genetics cause frizzled feathers to grow out and curl away from the body instead of  growing flat and smooth following the body contour. Frizzle is not a breed, it is a genetically programmed feather type.
Cochin is her breed, bantam describes her miniature size and frizzle describes her unusual feathers. Genetics cause frizzled feathers to grow out and curl away from the body instead of  growing flat and smooth following the body contour. Frizzle is not a breed, it is a genetically programmed feather type.
Cochin is her breed, bantam describes her miniature size and frizzle describes her unusual feathers. Genetics cause frizzled feathers to grow out and curl away from the body instead of  growing flat and smooth following the body contour. Frizzle is not a breed, it is a genetically programmed feather type.
Cochin is her breed, bantam describes her miniature size and frizzle describes her unusual feathers. Genetics cause frizzled feathers to grow out and curl away from the body instead of  growing flat and smooth following the body contour. Frizzle is not a breed, it is a genetically programmed feather type.
Smooth feathered Polish pullet
The Polish pullet above is smooth-feathered.
The Polish pullet below is frizzled.
Frizzled Polish pullet
Rachel and her hatch mates and friends, Monica (black) and Phoebe (white) above are bantam Cochins with frizzled feathers.
Rachel and her hatch mates and friends, Monica (black) and Phoebe (white) above are bantam Cochins with frizzled feathers. 
Bertha is a large fowl Cochin with smooth feathers.
Bertha is a large fowl Cochin with smooth feathers.
FACTS ABOUT FRIZZLED CHICKENS:
  • Frizzles are most commonly found in the following breeds: Polish, Cochin, Plymouth Rock, Japanese and Silkies (Silkie frizzles are referred to as Sizzles)
  • Frizzled feathers curl out and away from the skin instead of laying flat against it.
  • Frizzles cannot fly and may find it difficult to roost if the roosts are positioned too high above the floor.
Phoebe's frizzled feathers, re-growing after a normal molt.  The feather shafts cause the curly effect.
Phoebe's frizzled feathers, re-growing after a normal molt. 
The feather shafts cause the curly effect.
 Frizzled feathers provide less protection from the cold than smooth feathers as it is difficult to trap warm air against their bodies with backwards-facing feathers.
·       Frizzled feathers provide less protection from the cold than smooth feathers as it is difficult to trap warm air against their bodies with backwards-facing feathers.
Frizzled genes are dominant. A smooth-feathered bird bred to a frizzled bird will result in 25% of the chicks possessing  frizzled feathers.
Frizzled genes are dominant. A smooth-feathered bird bred to a frizzled bird will result in 25% of the chicks possessing  frizzled feathers.
Bantam Cochin Frizzles Monica, Rachel & Phoebe at 6 weeks old.
Bantam Cochin Frizzles Monica, Rachel & Phoebe at 6 weeks old.
Breeding a frizzled bird to another frizzled bird is undesirable due to the chance that the mating may produce "curlies," an over-frizzled bird with feathers that are weak, brittle and break easily.
Breeding a frizzled bird to another frizzled bird is undesirable due to the chance that the mating may produce "curlies," an over-frizzled bird with feathers that are weak, brittle and break easily. (think: chicken with a really bad perm)

"The Frizzle gene (F) is incompletely dominant, with exhibition quality Frizzles usually with one dose only of the Frizzle gene (F/f+).  But there is a frizzle modifying gene (mf) which is recessive. The mf gene when homozygous (two doses) is a strong modifier of the frizzle trait. Birds with one dose of the frizzle gene (F/f+) & two doses of the modifying gene (mf/mf) may appear predominantly smooth, & may be mistaken for non-frizzle (& not of exhibition quality). Frizzle birds homozygous for both F & mf (F/F mf/mf) may be mistaken for heterozygous F/f+ (one dose of Frizzle gene) with no modifiers (Mf+/Mf+). It is mentioned in the Hutt book that this mf gene is very common in non-frizzled breeds." Poultry Genetics
For an in-depth discussion of frizzled genetics, visit the Polish Breeders Club.  
Phoebe, my poster child for a bad molt.
Phoebe, my poster child for a bad molt.
Phoebe after molting.
Phoebe after molting. 
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Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®
Ally McBeak is a Tolbunt Polish Frizzle.

373 comments :

  1. Megan Barnes4/3/14, 11:12 AM

    I absolutely love the Frizzles! They are just sooooo fluffy!

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  2. Great article ! Thanks for the info !

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  3. Wendy Karcher4/3/14, 11:14 AM

    I always look forward to the Daily Rachel! It puts a smile on my face no matter how difficult a day was had. Thanks for sharing your baby with us!

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  4. wow frizzled feathers

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  5. Maggie Vansickle4/3/14, 11:15 AM

    I would LOVE to win the Vetricyn package..... awesome stuff but hard to find in my area.

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  6. Jill Fudala4/3/14, 11:16 AM

    Love the frizzles!! I've got my first frizzle chick coming with my spring chicks in a couple weeks. Can't wait!!

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  7. Racheal is so cute! And so are her sisters!

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  8. The girls would love this!

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  9. how cool! the frizzled feathers are really pretty!

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  10. Glennda Rhoades4/3/14, 11:19 AM

    I always wondered why she was so "fluffy"! Now I know, thanks to your site!!! Thanks for all you do for us beginners!

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  11. My hens love treats!!

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  12. I have 2 Bantam Cochin Frizzels coming in my first hatch, I cannot wait! :)

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  13. Tammy Eyler4/3/14, 11:20 AM

    How can you NOT love a Frizzle???? And Rachel is the most beautiful diva!!!!

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  14. Melissa Wittner4/3/14, 11:20 AM

    Interesting. I've been considering getting some pretty (don't tell my girls I said that!) birdies to my flock. What kinds of considerations do you take in the winter for her, aside from the lower roosts? I live in NE Kansas and we do get some sub-zero winter weather and wouldn't want a frizzle to freeze her little tail feathers off.

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  15. Tony Gilnett4/3/14, 11:22 AM

    Thanks, great info!!!

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  16. Kathy Janes4/3/14, 11:23 AM

    Oh how I would love to win this prize package for my little chicks! And I'm quickly falling in love with frizzles

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  17. Susan Fischer4/3/14, 11:23 AM

    Would love to win. I just got 6 barred Plymouth Rock peeps....I'm in love!

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  18. Oh, we love your frizzle girls! Rachel is our fave, but Ally McBeak is awesome as well. They're all wonderful!! They have so much personality. <3

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  19. Lea Ann Fergusson4/3/14, 11:26 AM

    Love this article about the Frizzles. I am learning so much from your blogs. Right now am dealing with a broody hen and have her separated in a dog crate with food and water and plenty of light. This is day two. She still puffs up and gives me the evil eye when I come up to her.

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  20. Such gorgeous ladies! Thanks for another great post!

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  21. Tricia McKinstry4/3/14, 11:29 AM

    I think fizzle chickens are beautiful!

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  22. Your Frizzles are so cute. I have Silkies myself, and that is about as odd looking with feathers as I want to get. LOL

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  23. Those are adorable chickens. My new baby chicks arrived yesterday and they were all dead. One of the most traumatic things I've ever experienced. The hatchery is sending out new ones so I get to fret over them until they arrive. Don't know that I will ever order chicks this way again.

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  24. Lauren Christine Cortina4/3/14, 11:31 AM

    Love the fluffy

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  25. Lori Benton4/3/14, 11:31 AM

    Fascinating genetics! Thanks for the lesson. You have a very entertaining flock!

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  26. They are so cute!

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  27. Dennis Doyle4/3/14, 11:32 AM

    Love Rachel. Hopefully if available when my order is processed in Aug. for my newest batch of cuties I will get at least one. lol fingers crossed!

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  28. I just got my red frizzle on 3/22. Her wings are already frizzling!

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  29. Great information, I have baby frizzles and didn't know a thing about them, this was helpful Thanks

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  30. Elizabeth Nicole Stelling4/3/14, 11:36 AM

    That last shot of Phoebe is spectacular! Thank you for the article.

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  31. Always learn something on your blog. So glad I found it.

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  32. I have some frizzled serama. I love the way they look. I have two hens that look like Monica and Phoebe.

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  33. Interesting article! I never knew that about frizzles. Awesome giveaways, as well. The vetericyn package would be really good to have.

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  34. Nancy Calvillo4/3/14, 11:45 AM

    Your Tolbunt Polish Frizzle is beautiful !

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  35. Juli Morris4/3/14, 11:47 AM

    I want to win the Vetricyn and the ladies want to win... yup! the treats. Please enter us!

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  36. Linda Taggart4/3/14, 11:49 AM

    Not sure if we're to comment here or on the other post, but I would LOVE either the treat or the Vetericyn package. My chicks come in about two and a half weeks!

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  37. TheChickenChick4/3/14, 11:50 AM

    This is the place, Linda. Good luck!

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  38. TheChickenChick4/3/14, 11:51 AM

    You're entered Juli!

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  39. TheChickenChick4/3/14, 11:51 AM

    Do share a photo of them on my FB page, Scarlet! I don't think I've ever seen a Serama frizzle.

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  40. TheChickenChick4/3/14, 11:51 AM

    Thank you, Fran, nice to have you here!

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  41. Caitlyn Ralston4/3/14, 11:51 AM

    I love my frizzles! They look so fabulous! I would love to win either of those awesome items! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  42. TheChickenChick4/3/14, 11:52 AM

    Awesome!

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  43. I have never seen nor heard of frizzles. I think they are a beautiful chicken!
    So that is what a bad molt looks like!

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  44. TheChickenChick4/3/14, 11:52 AM

    Thanks Lea Ann!

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  45. I just got some new baby chicks and would love to win the treat package! Thanks!

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  46. Sarah Eller4/3/14, 11:55 AM

    Vetericyn has been on my "need" list for over a year, lol. I'd just love to be entered. :)TY for the chance!!!!

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  47. Cool I would like that

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  48. Diana Raidy4/3/14, 11:57 AM

    Rachel, Monica and Phoebe are beautiful birds. Would be awesome to win the Vetericyn Prize Package! Thanks for once again offering it!

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  49. Nicole Kent4/3/14, 11:58 AM

    Thank you! Great info!!

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  50. Sandra Lycans Pitts4/3/14, 12:03 PM

    Again loving all your knowledge! I just hatched some frizzles that was mated witth a frizzle So I guess I'm gonna have curlies.. Oh well will love them just the same.. :)

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  51. I love the frizzles! And the prizes :) thanks for all you do.

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  52. Louann Walch4/3/14, 12:10 PM

    I love reading your blog! It makes me laugh and has taught me a lot about how to care for my girls. Thank you so much for everything you do. I am hoping to get a few chicks this Spring so your prize pack would come in very handy!

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  53. Louann Walch4/3/14, 12:12 PM

    lol I never thought I would ever say this, a chicken being cute............ but your right, Rachel is so cute and I want a "Rachel" someday.

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  54. Kimberley Burton4/3/14, 12:14 PM

    Becoming a new chicken mom the end of this month - sure could use some treats to spoil them rotten!

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  55. Katherine Irvine Santangelo4/3/14, 12:32 PM

    Wow. Super informative. I love reading your articles. I feel so much smarter now. None of my chicks are in the "likely breed list" so I probably won't have any frizzles. At what age do you know they are a Frizzle?

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  56. Jill Hutchison4/3/14, 12:36 PM

    I've enjoyed seeing Rachel so it's nice to know the genetics behind her beauty!

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  57. Teresa Scamardo4/3/14, 12:40 PM

    I hope to have fizzle babies someday. My girls love the Happy Hen treats. And I hope I win the Veteran package. I really enjoy you articles!

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  58. I want a frizzle, but they are hard to come by. Maybr one day!

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  59. Thanks for the info...seems like there's always something new to learn!

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  60. I think the rare breeds are the neatest thing. thanks for the info and all you do.

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  61. Cathy Eveleigh4/3/14, 12:54 PM

    I lucked out and got a red frizzle chick at Tractor Supply. She's the sweetest thing!

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  62. Amy Jo Orndorff Hanning4/3/14, 12:55 PM

    I really want to try the vetericyn.

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  63. I would love to win either of these prizes! My chicks started hatching yesterday! Thanks to your wonderful information, I feel WAY more prepared this year!

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  64. Kim Norris Michel4/3/14, 1:00 PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this info! I'm getting my cochin fizzles in august. Are they always straight run? About how old are they before you can tell hen or roo??

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  65. Marci Lyon4/3/14, 1:16 PM

    Hope I win either one of these. Need medication for wounds and the chicks would love treats.

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  66. I am thrilled to announce that I finally got my frizzle. Actually, I should say frizzleS. Of our 13 chicks hatched, 6 were frizzled. We kept the frizzled buff orpington pullet and the frizzled silver laced wyandotte roo. As you know, I've been wanting this ever since "meeting" Miss Rachel last year.

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  67. Teri Davis4/3/14, 1:24 PM

    I would love either item. I am have heard great things about Veteryicin. Frizzled is dominate that is interesting. Are they at more risk in the cold North East? Yours seemed to fair this hard winter fine. I love my daily Rachel :D

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  68. The girls would like the treats...I would appreciate the Vetrycin!

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  69. I learn something new every time I read one of your blogs. Love the pics of your Frizzles.

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  70. Joshua Duckman Jones Sr4/3/14, 1:38 PM

    LOVE THESE TREATS FOR MY BABYS

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  71. Heidi Blake Knepp4/3/14, 1:39 PM

    My hens are NOT happy today in cold and rainy Indiana. They could use some treats and other goodies.

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  72. Phoebe reminds me of my 2 kitty brothers!!! Love the chicken 'thoughts' along with photos! Thanks for the invaluable knowledge you share....

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  73. Rachel is my favorite part of your Facebook post!!!! She's absolutely adorable. I want a Frizzle, I'll wait til next year. Keep me smiling Rachel!!!

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  74. Margo Giunta4/3/14, 1:44 PM

    Just got my first chicks ever and am so excited! Would love either package.....and a frizzle...maybe next year! LOL

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  75. Your frizzles are fascinating! Very nice giveaway.

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  76. Michelle Chun4/3/14, 1:45 PM

    Love that Rachel!

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  77. What a great package of goodies!

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  78. Colleen King Edmonson4/3/14, 1:47 PM

    Regarding your blogs, I say this about every day: "Huh. I did NOT know THAT!" Thanks!One of our new 3 week-old chicks Irene (Plymouth Rock?) has a few feathers that stick out, like a bad hair day. I might have my first frizzle :) Love your pics, as always!

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  79. Elaine Bahr4/3/14, 1:49 PM

    I would love to win the Vetericyn Prize package. I have had no luck finding a breeder in Iowa with Frizzle chicks this spring. I would love to add a couple Frizzles to my flock.

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  80. Rhonda Voorhis4/3/14, 1:51 PM

    I think the frizzled chickens are so cute, i don't have any right now. I just started with my first batch of chicks I have barred rocks and silkies ( white i think) and I would love to win either of these prizes.

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  81. I always wondered what made them have frizzly feathers. Informative article. Thanks,

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  82. It's always interesting to see what new info you have on raising chicks and seeing the products. Hoping to win one of these.

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  83. Matt Snider4/3/14, 2:08 PM

    I would like to win the vetericyn prize package.

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  84. desertmtnalpacas4/3/14, 2:08 PM

    It is because of Rachel that I got my new male black frizzle chick. He's only 3 weeks old but those feathers are already curling outward. Love him!

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  85. Barbara Sherman4/3/14, 2:09 PM

    I would love to win this for my babies. Rachel is my favorite, she is so precious!

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  86. Vicki Dennison Dennis4/3/14, 2:13 PM

    I love your blog! I have learned so much here! Your Rachel is a beautiful bird! Would love to win! Thanks for all your information!

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  87. Therese Ann Vista4/3/14, 2:15 PM

    Mealworms was the key to making friends with my new peeps!

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  88. Katlyn Koester4/3/14, 2:25 PM

    Love Rachel and her frizzeled friends. Someday I'd like to get a few fun feathered birds to spice up my flock, but for now I love my smooth feathered girls just the way they are! And they would love the treats, I would love the Vetericyn!

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  89. Melanie Parsons4/3/14, 2:25 PM

    I was so excited when I was able to purchase a Black Frizzle Cochin Bantam Hen last week. I am happy that I was able to read this blog because I was unaware that they would have a difficult time reaching high perches. I am going to install a lower level perch so when my little one grows up she will have a perch. By the way, your blog is great! I have learned so much from you. I would love to be able to win one of your prizes, my chicks are due to arrive by mail soon : )

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  90. Kathy Minar4/3/14, 2:29 PM

    would love to win the vetericyn. our suppy is getting low.

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  91. Would love to win!

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  92. coopjohnson4/3/14, 2:35 PM

    We just got our first frizzle 3 weeks ago , cute as ever! her name is Fifi, she's black and her little wings look like big false eyelashes. thank you for the frizzle info.

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  93. Donna Wilson Wolff4/3/14, 2:37 PM

    Thanks for the feather clarity.

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  94. Jamie Page4/3/14, 2:46 PM

    Thanks for the info on feather types. Love Rachel and all her cuteness! I have 19 three week old chicks to soon add to my 10 month old flock of 53. They would love some treats!

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  95. Thanks for this explanation of Frizzles
    I am an email subscriber.

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  96. Patricia Morgan4/3/14, 3:03 PM

    My baby chickies are 4 weeks old now - and they sure would love some Happy Hen treats!

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  97. Love the Chicken Chick and her great giveaways.

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  98. Jillian A. Bogater4/3/14, 3:17 PM

    Your frizzle chickens are adorable! Are they as soft as they look?

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  99. Thanks for always sharing such great information, and for the chance to win the Vetericyn prize package!

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  100. Jacqui Ainsworth4/3/14, 3:56 PM

    Probably a dumb question but whats the difference between a frizzle and a silky?

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  101. Karen Ortman4/3/14, 3:57 PM

    Frizzled feathers are so cute. Can you tell looking at a chick if they carry the gene?

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  102. Thank you for the information on CBFs - my granddaughter and I have some hatching today! Two have hatched and 5 of the others have pipped!! We are so excited here!! She is almost 5 and wants to name one of the "Princess Fluffy" or something like that.
    Thank you for your very informative site!!

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  103. Kelly Migash Chronister4/3/14, 4:18 PM

    Rachel is quite the celebrity and her frizzles are gorgeous!

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  104. Lorna Violet4/3/14, 4:34 PM

    I can hear my girls begging me to make sure I am entered. lol.

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  105. Catherine L4/3/14, 4:57 PM

    Getting my first flock this summer. Can't wait. You have given me the courage to do this. Thanks. Would love to win treats or Vetericyn. Neither would go to waste but the 1st aide is probably more important.

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  106. TheChickenChick4/3/14, 4:58 PM

    I'm so happy for you, Catherine!

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  107. TheChickenChick4/3/14, 4:58 PM

    I live in Connecticut, Lisa. My frizzles do fabulously!

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  108. We have had our 3 girls just over a week now, we are training them at the mo, using meal worms, but I think they would love treats they had won themselves :-)

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  109. Liz D'Aquino4/3/14, 5:14 PM

    Love your blog and all of the great info you offer. My girls are happier and healthier with all of the tips you've provided! Thank you!

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  110. Birdie Barb4/3/14, 5:34 PM

    Thank you for the info. Could you tell me about a reliable place to order Frizzle chicks? Also, do you have to keep Rachel inside in the winter or accommodate her in any other way? I live in W. Michigan and would not want to get Frizzles and have them suffer in any way. Thank you!

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  111. dana grayson4/3/14, 5:35 PM

    I have three frizzles,one is a polish frizzle his girls seem to be trying to pull all his feathers off his head now they have started on tail feathers,doing what I can with blu- kote,just started a product called pick-no-more last night. Love your blog.

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  112. Farmlife Chick4/3/14, 5:39 PM

    I have always wanted a frizzle! They are adorable!

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  113. I have frizzles in western WA. They seem to do fine here. Would love to win the vetricyn. Chickies think the treats would be more fun.

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  114. Margaret Syth4/3/14, 5:48 PM

    I love reading about your chickens. Thank you for the chance to win the Vetericyn or the treats. I used the canine hot spot Vetericyn on my Golden Retriever with fantastic results! It worked better than the prescription I tried first.

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  115. I would love to have a frizzle or a sizzle, but am scared she wouldn't survive the Michigan winter!

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  116. Can you tell before feather shafts develop if it's a frizzle?

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  117. Love the Frizzle!!!

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  118. LindandRick Vincent4/3/14, 6:33 PM

    Would love the waterer! Ready any time!!!!!

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  119. Joleen Kooyman4/3/14, 6:35 PM

    We have a bantam cochin frizzle roo that we bread with our phoenix hen. The result... The tiniest little frizzle chicken! Adorbs! We also got a smooth one! So cute and tiny!

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  120. Michelle Lee4/3/14, 6:39 PM

    Love frizzles! We don't have any yet but are hoping to get some one day. Fingers crossed. lol

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  121. Kathy Minar4/3/14, 6:39 PM

    would love to win some vetericyn

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  122. Eilene Corcoran4/3/14, 6:46 PM

    I want a sizzle so much. There is a woman that breeds them near here, but she is one busy, in-demand lady, and I may not get lucky this spring. I'll keep trying! Meanwhile, the Littles aren't so little anymore. We're brooding 5 easter eggers, 2 golden-laced wyandottes, a welsummer, a marans, and a beautiful splash orpington. I have my hands full!

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  123. I admire the Frizzles but not sure they are for us. It is pretty cold here. I love reading your blog as I always learn something. I would love to win one of your giveaways! Thank you for tthe opportunity!

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  124. Lauren Case4/3/14, 7:11 PM

    My girls would love to win the treats! Thank you!!

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  125. Jamie Baker4/3/14, 7:20 PM

    I was thinking maybe a frizzle (or 3) added in the next few years might be fun, but with the cold issues I'm not so sure. Especially after this winter. Something to consider as my flock is established and and grows. (We're starting with 4 Easter Eggers, 3 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and a Likght Brahma rooster. :) ) Either of these prizes would be awesome! Thank you for your info and giveaways!

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  126. Shel Reitmajer4/3/14, 7:22 PM

    Love the info! We have a frizzle boy. He's SO cute!

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  127. Aubrey Palmer4/3/14, 7:28 PM

    I am just finishing up my coop. I love your blog. It has influenced me in picking the breeds of chickens I'm getting and many aspects of the new coop and care I will give my girls!! I would absolutely love to win but if not I. Feel Ike I've already been given such a gift from all the knowledge you've shared. Thank you!!

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  128. I was always intrigued by the frizzles, I love Ally , she is gorgeous!

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  129. Sarah Grefe4/3/14, 7:57 PM

    Phoebe is adorable! I get to love on Buff orps

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  130. Lynne Judd Anderson4/3/14, 8:04 PM

    My month old chicks go absolutely crazy every time I come in the room. The know meal worms are coming their way. One of the easiest methods I've ever used to my chicks. A handful of crushed meal worms and they're all over me!

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  131. Jessica Gibson4/3/14, 8:13 PM

    These articles are great! Keep them coming :) Would love to win either of these prizes! We just started our flock a few weeks ago. Our oldest chicks are approaching 5 weeks old now!

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  132. Jamie Baker4/3/14, 8:29 PM

    After following Rachel on Facebook, I thought I might want to add a few frizzles to our flock in the next few years. Not sure now, though, because of what you said about the cold. We just started our flock with 4 Easter Eggers, and a mix of 8 others on the way. I would love to win either of these prizes. Thanks for the info and giveaways. :)

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  133. Robin Guerra4/3/14, 8:46 PM

    I have five babies they just hatched on Tuesday… Now the fun begins.

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  134. anitaschickens4/3/14, 8:46 PM

    Taking the dive, Do excited can't wait!

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  135. Miki Wagner4/3/14, 9:13 PM

    My husband is building my coop now! Chickens soon! I would sure love to have the vetericyn set up but the ladies will prefer the treats! Please enter us!

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  136. Love the photos of the frizzled chickens, they are beautiful!

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  137. Kimberly Swenson4/3/14, 9:20 PM

    I never knew how the frizzled feathers occurred! Great information ! Would love to have either prize!!

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  138. My husband is building a larger coop for my girls I am hoping to add a few frizzles to my flock.

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  139. I would love to win the Vetericyn package for my ladies! Thank yo for the opportunity!

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  140. TheChickenChick4/3/14, 10:17 PM

    Jamie, I live in New England and my frizzles do as well as any of my other breeds.

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  141. TheChickenChick4/3/14, 10:17 PM

    Thanks Jessica. Welcome to chicken-keeping!

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  142. New subscriber, new to raising chicks - have had them for only 5 days. I've learned a lot, but still have A LOT to learn! Love your site - Thanks!!

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  143. Would love to win the Vetericyn!

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  144. The frizzles are so cute!

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  145. I feel sad that they can't fly :-(

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  146. I am new to raising chickens. So glad I have a place to go to when I need help.

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  147. I'd love to win these treats for my hens! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  148. Shannon Job4/3/14, 10:51 PM

    Such great information! I just love all the pictures you post of these gals! So cute!!!

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  149. courtney galle4/3/14, 11:02 PM

    Love the frizzled

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  150. Jennifer Laforest4/3/14, 11:29 PM

    Frizzles are funny, my daughters love the look! They love those polish, too.

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  151. Tricia Newton Bugg4/3/14, 11:29 PM

    I'm so glad you pointed out that you shouldn't breed two frizzles together. I've read other articles that totally skip that important piece of info. You will always give us the good, the bad, and the ugly!

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  152. Colleen Rhodes-Golub4/4/14, 12:15 AM

    Your frizzles are gorgeous! I have two frizzled hens and two frizzled roosters. All 4 are the sweetest birds.

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  153. Kristina Nicole Richardson4/4/14, 1:12 AM

    We have just gotten Polish but no frizzles :-) Yet!

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  154. I love your informative articles.

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  155. Thanks for the info and photos of the frizzled. I really had no idea, I thought it was a bad genetic mutation - now I want one!

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  156. Eileen Head4/4/14, 8:19 AM

    My girls love treats - but they think they should get something each time I set foot out the back door :-0

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  157. Informative as always!

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  158. Allie Wiley4/4/14, 8:49 AM

    I want a frizzle in our flock so bad!

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  159. Trinity Cate4/4/14, 8:52 AM

    I would love to win either of the giveaways. I am just starting my flock so I do not have any frizzles, yet. They are so cute. I do see some in my future.

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  160. Olga Reese4/4/14, 9:03 AM

    We will be getting flock of five chickies next Friday!! This weekend I'll be changing the litter in the brooder to sand (like you receded in another post) and we're building our coop when time permits between work and rain showers. Have a spectacular weekend!!! ^_^

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  161. Julie Denise Dunk Liberti4/4/14, 9:08 AM

    Drizzles are on my wish list!

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  162. Jillian A. Bogater4/4/14, 9:44 AM

    Your frizzles are so sweet! Are they as soft as they look?

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  163. Linda Taggart4/4/14, 10:06 AM

    Thanks!

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  164. We just got 5 chickens and I'm already planning out the next kinds that I want to add. I knew I wanted a silky, but now I think I'll make that a sizzle!

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  165. We are getting our first set of chickens in a few weeks. We are so excited! Winning the vetericyn would be a great way to get our first aid kit started! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  166. Jamie Baker4/4/14, 11:41 AM

    Oh, that's reassuring! I'm in MD, so they should definitely be fine here. :)

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  167. Bev Thacker4/4/14, 11:59 AM

    How timely your blog is. I have seen a few frizzled chickens and quickly fell in love. Thus I have been searching locally for a breeder and hope to have my own frizzles soon. Thank you so much for the article.

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  168. Interesting, love the name sizzles

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  169. Amanda Wilson4/4/14, 12:53 PM

    I want a sizzle now!

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  170. Frizzles are the cutest!!

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  171. Jessica Thorsen4/4/14, 3:55 PM

    Hoping to add some frizzles to my group this year

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  172. Jenn Werner-Williams4/4/14, 4:48 PM

    Frizzles are adorable. Do you take any extra precautions to keep them warm when the temperatures drop?

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  173. Leslie Westberry4/4/14, 5:30 PM

    Loving the Frizzles!!! I want some!!!!

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  174. Frizzles look as if they just finished dancing the Tango with a hairdryer!
    Cheers, izzi!avis

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  175. April Halverson4/4/14, 7:48 PM

    Love My Frizzles :)

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  176. I wish I had brought Lexi, a blue bantam frizzle in the house this past winter. She died seemingly suddenly and I think it was because she slept in the nest boxes even when the cold was really severe. Great info here. I should have realized that their feathers would not keep them as warm as they need.

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  177. Patricia Rafferty Smith4/4/14, 8:05 PM

    Your girls are adorable.

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  178. Mary Anderson4/4/14, 8:58 PM

    My girls DOOOO love their mealworms! They are so cute to watch them get excited when they know they are coming!

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  179. TheChickenChick4/4/14, 10:11 PM

    There are no special accommodations for her. She does as well as the others.

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  180. TheChickenChick4/4/14, 11:18 PM

    My frizzles do FINE here in New England, they would be that much happier in California.

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  181. TheChickenChick4/4/14, 11:19 PM

    Within the first week or so- their first feathers are telling.

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  182. TheChickenChick4/4/14, 11:20 PM

    Outstanding!!

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  183. TheChickenChick4/4/14, 11:21 PM

    Nice! Congratulations!

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  184. TheChickenChick4/4/14, 11:22 PM

    Mine do fine, Teri.

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  185. TheChickenChick4/4/14, 11:23 PM

    Thanks Melanie and congratulations on your new frizzle!

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  186. TheChickenChick4/4/14, 11:24 PM

    Some are, some are not.

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  187. TheChickenChick4/4/14, 11:25 PM

    Not a dumb question at all. Silkie is a breed of chicken. Frizzle is a feather type that can occur in a variety of breeds.

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  188. TheChickenChick4/4/14, 11:25 PM

    No more than you can tell from looking at a child if they carry the gene for left-handedness.

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  189. Robin Guerra4/4/14, 11:30 PM

    How old do the chicks have to be before you can tell if it is a frizzle? They are so cute.

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  190. TheChickenChick4/4/14, 11:31 PM

    Welcome to chicken-keeping, Donna!

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  191. TheChickenChick4/4/14, 11:31 PM

    That's my job, ma'am. ;)

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  192. TheChickenChick4/4/14, 11:47 PM

    When their first feathers come in, which is within the first week.

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  193. Laura Dzuray4/5/14, 10:02 AM

    How soon can you tell if a silkie will be a frizzle? I should be getting my second batch of babies (including 3 silkies) in June and I would love it if they were curly as well as fluffy!

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  194. thanks for the great info, like always i enjoy reading ur blog

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  195. TheChickenChick4/5/14, 12:14 PM

    When the first feathers grow in.

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  196. As always great info.

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  197. Alice Smith4/6/14, 8:55 PM

    Fascinating! I really live learning about chickens! Crazy?!?

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  198. TheChickenChick4/6/14, 9:18 PM

    Not at all!

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  199. I have been looking for a bantam cochin frizzle, with no luck :( Any suggestions as to where I can get one?

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