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Muffs & Beards

I breed lots of crosses with interesting features (beards, crests, lacing, spangles, naked necks, frizzles & patterned) but I think my favourite feature is those muffs – they are so endearing.

In 2016, Chinese scientists discovered that a gene known to function in feather development were found in high concentrations in the facial skin of particular breeds of chickens, creating long feathers resembling muffs and beards. I have several breeds with those features: Appenzeller Spitzhaubens, Polish and Ameraucanas.

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