Is that really a chicken? Yep! It It’s a Sizzle! (No pun intended. These birds where not originally intended for the BBQ). Sizzles are frizzled Silkies. Find out about more odd and unusual breeds (including Sizzles, Frizzles and Silkies) here!
There are several breeds of long-tailed chickens (including the Yokohama and the Phoenix breeds). However, many of these varieties are modern breeds that descended from long-tailed Onagadori chickens. Onagadori roosters’ tails can reach 12-27″ in length!
Silkies chickens (aka Chinese Silk Chickens) have many unique features (including extra toes!). Silkies’ most notable feature, the unusual plumage, is extremely soft and fluffy. However, due to this characteristic, Silkies do poorly in cold/humid and/or rainy weather. Silkies hens are often very broody… and make great mothers. Since broody Silkies will brood whatever eggs they can get, they have been used to hatch eggs from other birds in emergencies. However, Silkies aren’t just kept for their mothering instincts, Silkies are often good tempered and commonly kept as pets… (Read more)
Polishes are fun, good-tempered chickens which are primarily known for their ornate crests. Polish chickens actually do have combs… However, they have small, ‘V’ combs (also known as ‘horns’) that are often concealed by their crests. Although Polish chickens did not originate in Poland, it is possible that they could have been named after Poland. However, ‘Pol’ means head in Middle Dutch, which is defiantly what these chickens are known for! (Read more)
Crevecoeurs (krev-coors) are a slightly different variation of a black Polish. They are unique, quirky and oftentimes, very friendly. Crevecoeurs originated in France. In fact, Crevecoeur means ‘broken heart’ in French… (Read more)
Sultans are very intriguing chickens that originated in Turkey. They are called ‘Sultans’ because of their popularity among the Turkish Sultanate. Because of their unique look, they became very popular ‘garden decor’ (like peacocks). In fact, In Turkey, Sultan chickens are known as ‘Serai-Tavuk’ or ‘Serai Taook’. ‘Serai’ means ‘the Sultan’s palace’ and Tavuk/Taook means ‘fowl’… (Read more)
Appenzeller Spitzhauben Chickens
Appenzeller Spitzhauben chickens (That is a mouthful!) are crested chickens that originated in Germany. They are very energetic and closely resemble polishes in build. However, instead of having ’rounded’ crests like the Polishes, Appenzeller Spitzhaubens’ crests are more like Mohawks, sticking straight up in the middle. Although the silver spangled variety is the most common, this breed comes in many other beautiful colors.
White Faced Spanish Chickens
By looking at theses birds, you just might wonder what happened to their faces… The answer is nothing! These chickens are called ‘White Faced Spanish chickens’ and are rare. The most common feather-color that these birds come in is black. Other color varieties exist. However, these other colors are even more rare and hard to come by.
‘Fibro’ chickens (like the one pictured above) are chickens that have darkly colored skin, flesh, organs and even bones. This rare and unusual characteristic (called fibromelanosis) is a genetic condition that causes an excessive buildup of melanin in the skin. There are several breeds that have the fibromelanosis trait. Such breeds include the Silkie, Kadaknath and Ayam Cemani.
Serama chickens are just chickens… right? I mean, they look normal from pictures. So, what is so unique about the Serama? Their size! Serama chickens are the tiniest chickens in the world! In fact, a full-grown Serama rooster will only weigh ~8-12 ounces. A full grown Serama hen will weigh ~6-10 ounces. (For comparison, a cup of water weighs ~8 ounces!)
Frizzle & Sizzle Chickens
‘Frizzle’ chickens are not a true breed. This is because crossing two frizzles results in genetic defects (such as abnormally small size, enlarged heart and low survival rate). Because of this, frizzles are just chickens with a certain type of feathering that gives them a ‘frizzled’ look. Since purebred frizzles are not achievable, frizzled chickens are gotten by crossing a frizzle with a non-frizzled chicken. Almost every breed has a ‘frizzled’ variation. Sizzles are ‘frizzled’ Silkies.
Naked Neck chickens are interesting chickens… The breed actually has up to 60% less feathers than most chicken breeds. Naked Neck chickens originated in Transylvania. In fact, they are often called ‘Transylvanian Naked Necks’ or ‘Kaalneks’. However, because of their appearance (which lead some people to believe that they are turkey + chicken hybrids), they are often called ‘Turkens’. For the record though, Naked Necks have no Turkey in their breeding history… Just chickens! (Read more)
Naked chickens?! Yep! If you thought that the Naked Neck chickens where a stretch, you’re in for a surprise! However, though I surely want to stick with feathered varieties, Naked Chickens have some practicality… Not only are they very easy to pluck (well… there really is nothing to pluck) but they do not molt (shed and regrow their feathers). Since Naked Chickens do not molt, they consume less feed and are thus very economical. However, Naked chickens are very temperature sensitive. They prefer warm climates but are prone to sun-burn. This means that they need to me kept indoors or in a thoroughly shaded area.
Although these chickens don’t appear very unique, Tomaru chickens are! Tomarus are chickens that have long, very drawn out crows. Although they are often called ‘Japanese Tomsrus’, they actually originated in China during the T’ang Dynasty… (Read more)