Crest or Topknot
A crest is the poof of feathers on top of the head of some breeds such as the polish and silkie.
White Crested Black Polish
Feather footing is where there are feathers on the legs and feet, such as in the cochin and brahma
Barred Cochin Male
A naked neck is only seen in turken and turken crosses. It is when there are no feathers on the neck and few on the breast.
A white turken
Frizzling is when the feathers turn backwards, The chickens that are
normally called frizzles are cochin frizzles. However, any breed can be
frizzled by crossing it with a frizzle feathered bird. Occasionally it
turns up randomly in a flock. This has been observed in pigeons and
geese amongst other bird species. However, in the wild they would die
out. More information can be found on the frizzle breed page.
A White Frizzle Male
Silkied feathers are when there is no barbs on the feathers to hold the
strands on the feathers together, giving the impression that they
actually have fur instead of feathers. This means they cannot fly.
Occasionally, silkying turns up in closed flocks.
A Partridge Silkie Hen
Muffs or Whiskers
Muffs are the feathers sticking out sideways and can be found on araucanas.
A White Rumpless Araucana Hen
A rumpless chicken is a chicken that has no tail feathers. This is seen in true Araucanas.
A rumpless araucana male
A beard is some feathers underneath the chin of the chicken which look
like a beard. This is seen in the silkie, in both males and females.
The feathers that stick up above the chicken's backside, if that even needed explaining.
A white leghorn hen
Exhibited in some breeds such as the cochin. This is a tail that is more of a lump of feathers than feathers pointing straight up.
A black cochin female