If you have the head of a chicken on your body, then you would be a Chicken With Feathers On Head. What kind of chicken would this be? Well, it could be anything really — from a farm chicken to fried chicken or even a plucked chicken. You’ll never know unless you find one and ask them (without startling them).
Top 10 Crested Chickens in the World (with Pictures & Videos)
How do you decide which chicken with afros or most popularly known as crested chickens when each one of them is stunning? Crested chickens are these attention-grabbing birds with a head filled with lavish clump of feathers. These eye-catching fowls vary in colors and sizes, plus they’re chicken breeders’ favorite.
Fun Crested Chickens For Your Backyard
Crested chicken breeds came from countries like China, Poland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, and Turkey but are now anywhere in different countries. Each variety of these chickens also has another purpose. Some are produced as table birds, others for egg production, while some are for pleasure.
The crested breeds are the greatest attention-grabbing and gorgeous fowls with their packed, feathery crest. The youngest chicks are the most lovely and cutest as their crests show up like a little top hat.
More so, the top lists of friendliest pet chickens come from the crested birds. Not only are these fowls unique, ornamental, and rare, their temperament also makes them one of the calm and gentle breeds in the backyard.
The crested breed of chickens is gentle and quiet that doesn’t wander too far from their coops. And breeders should be wary as this breed of chicken needs more protection from predators. Their lengthened plumes make them a primary focus for attack.
More so, breeders should be more aware of possible problems these crested ones encounter every day. Knowledgeable breeders can make modifications so that the fowls’ quality of life improves and guarantees flock harmony. Let’s look at these different breeds of crested birds and their challenges and temperaments that can help our chickens with afros.
This chicken that comes from Switzerland comes in 2 varieties. The Barthuhner, named for a bearded hen, has no crest with a rose comb. And the Spitzhauben named for a women’s hat has a feather crest and V-comb. The color varieties of Appenzeller are golden spangled, silver spangled, and black.
The Appenzeller Spizhauben’s crest stands out more even when it’s smaller than a Polish chicken. The Appenzeller’s crest looks more fluffed and groomed. It would be surprising for other breeders to know that the Appenzeller Spitzhauben is the national bird for Switzerland.
Though the Appenzeller breed is for ornamental purposes only, the hens lay an adequate number of white eggs. The Appenzeller hens can lay around two to four medium white eggs.
Though small in stature, they can roost up in trees. These birds go well growing in mountainous locations, plus they are great walkers because of their origin. These chicken breeds are more or less adaptable to their surroundings.
These fowls are better in a free-range environment than cooped ones because they’re active and good scavengers. This chicken from Switzerland doesn’t like confinement, so it’s most appropriate if they wander in open yards liberally. More so, they are cold-hardy but can tolerate heat well too.
This Dutch breed originated between Belgium and the Netherlands. The Brabanter chickens are small-bodied with a V-shaped comb, and their crest is like the Appenzeller. The Brabanter hens lay a moderate number of white eggs. These hens are also winter layers because they are suited better for colder weather.
But compared to other cold hardy chicken breeds, these Dutch strains are less prone to frostbite because of their small comb and wattles. This breed of chicken is intelligent and calm.
Brabanters also have various patterns and colors and come in bantam strain, but that’s amazingly rare. However, this chicken is not yet on the standard list of the American Poultry Association.
These chickens also have some exceptional traits aside from their gorgeous plumage. Barbanters have a trilobed beard and muffs. More so, these chickens have comb with V-shaped, also called the devil’s comb or horn comb. And these fowls crest is forward-facing that develops vertically, so it’s sometimes called a shaving-brush crest.
Like other crested breeds, these birds also have flared and big nostrils. However, unlike the other crested ones as well, Barbanters do not have domed skull knobs. These chickens’ beards and muffs hide their small (sometimes absent) wattles and small white earlobes.
3. Burmese Chicken
Burmese is a bantam chicken that has short legs dense with feathers. From its name, this attractive chicken breed originated from Myanmar. During 1880, a British army officer posted in Burma sent three Burmese Bantams to a fellow officer in Scotland.
The cockerel survived while the hens died. The first was bred with a Sultan Bantams archetype to bring back its characteristics.
According to the chicken’s history, these chickens died, but Andrew Sheppy acquired some during 1970. The new set of chickens were not so fertile, so Sheppy bred them with the White Booted Bantams to revive the process to Entwisle’s.
That’s why Burmese Bantams look a bit the same as Booted Bantams but with a lower and smaller tail carriage. But each Burmese Bantam has a beautiful crest of feathers sticking out upwards from their heads. Even as a bantam chicken, this breed is incredibly fertile and develops robustly.
Burmese hens are excellent brooders and mothers who lay brown eggs. Because Burmese chickens are rare, many hoped their eggs would go to the incubator rather than the dining table.
These Myanmar chickens have a feathered crested head with a single comb. Both hens and cocks are pure white. Because of their white color and feathered feet, these chickens also require proper mud-free coops to keep them clean.
This French chicken breed got its name in a small village of Crèvecœur en Auge in Normandy, which translates to “broken heart.” The character develops from the fact that the area in this region is less fertile, breaking the hearts of the peasants.
Crevecoeur is famous in its home country in France but is entirely unknown yet in other countries. The Livestock Conservancy stated that this breed is among the rarest chicken strains, so more people need to breed these chickens in the US. The global population of Crevecoeur is under 1000 birds, while the present US breeding fowls is under 500.
Crevecoeur chickens have calm, quiet, and easy handle personalities. While the Crevecoeur can survive fine in grasslands foraging on lovely days, they are better in confined spots safe from harsh weather conditions and predators.
This old breed from France has a unique V-shaped comb and solid black. Crevecoeur’s have the same size as the Houdans except that the first only has four toes and is black. This breed of chicken has white skin, small and delicate bones.
They are table birds and only lay about 120 large white eggs per year. Its meat is famous for being very white in the breasts and dark on the leg meat, like an almost duck-like color. These table birds also fatten eagerly.
Breeds Of Chickens With Funny Hair
When you think of chickens, the image in your head is probably that of white-feathered birds with red combs. Well, you may be surprised to learn that there many types of chickens that look a lot different than that. These chickens have long and multicolored feathers over their bodies. If you’re curious about these birds, here are 16 breeds of chicken with crazy hair.
Many of the breeds look fairly similar to regular chickens when you look at their bodies. However, the hair on their heads looks markedly different from that of common chickens.
Also, in case you’re wondering, we used the word hair as a synonym for feathers.
Appenzeller Spitzhauben, commonly referred to as Spitzhaubens, is a European breed of chicken with funny-looking feathers on its head. This chicken is relatively small, and people commonly use it for egg production.
One of the most common Spitzhaubens is the Silver Spangled bird. It has a body full of white feathers and spangled black feathers over it. In addition to that, the chicken has an erect crest with black and white feathers.
The crest, along with its v-shaped comb, looks like a funny hairdo. The Spitzhauben cock weighs 4.5 lbs while the hen weighs 3.5 lbs.
Unlike the Spitzhauben, Cochins are incredibly large chickens. They weigh anywhere between 7 and 9 lbs and have an abundance of feathers on their back and rear. The head and neck look quite similar to regular chickens.
This chicken with crazy hair originated in China, but you can now find them in various parts of the world, including America and England.
Cochins have a variety of different color patterns. These include White, Buff, Silver Laced, Partridge, Black, Brown, Golden Laced, Barred, and Blue.
Silkies are a chick breed recognized by the American Poultry Organization. These chickens have fluffy feathers all over their bodies, including their heads.
To help you visualize them, these chickens look like cotton balls with a beak and claws. You won’t be able to see their eyes because of all their hair. These chickens have crests of ‘fur’ and beards that cover their heads and faces.
These birds have feathers of various colors such as Blue, Black, Red, Grey, Buff, Splash, Partridge, and most commonly, white.
These are domesticated birds with feathers like plumage. They are also relatively large chickens. A male Silkie weighs about 6 to 7 lbs, and the female weighs about 5 to 6 lbs.
Contrary to what it may seem, Polish chickens are not in fact from Poland. They got their name because the shape of their large, square, and feathery crests looked like the feathered caps Polish soldiers wore.
Their crest is not erect. Instead, their crests spread from the top to their sides, which can sometimes make it difficult to spot their eyes.
Polish chickens come in various colors, including white, golden, silver, golden, and buff laced. Male Polish chickens weigh approximately 6 lbs, and their female counterparts weigh about 4.5 lbs.
The Onagadori is a chicken breed that gets its name from a Japanese word. The meaning of this word is “long-tailed chicken,” which is precisely what this chicken with crazy hair has.
This relatively small and ancient chicken breed has various colored feathers over its body, long saddle, and tail. These colors include black-breasted silver, black-breasted red, white, and black-breasted golden.
The Parts of a Chicken’s Head and Neck
The chicken’s comb
At the very top of the chicken’s head is a fleshy red area called the comb. The combs of Silkie chickens, a small breed, are very dark maroon red. Both male and female chickens have combs, but they’re larger in males.
Baby chicks hatch with tiny combs that get larger as they mature. The shape of the comb may not be totally apparent in a young chicken, but you should be able to tell whether the comb is upright, rose-combed (a crumpled-looking comb tight to the head), or double.
Credit: Illustration by Barbara FrakeDifferent breeds have different types of combs. Depending on the breed, the comb may be floppy, upright, double, shaped like horns, or crumpled and close to the head.
These differences in combs are a result of breeders selecting for them. Chicken breeds with small combs close to the head were often developed in cold countries. Large combs are prone to frostbite in cold weather, and parts of them may turn black and fall off. Conversely, large, floppy combs may help chickens cool down in hot, humid weather.
The comb acts like the radiator of a car, helping to cool the chicken. Blood circulates through the comb’s large surface area to release heat. The comb also has some sex appeal for chickens.
The eyes and ears of a chicken
Moving on down the head, you come to the chicken’s eyes. Chickens have small eyes — yellow with black, gray, or reddish-brown pupils — set on either side of the head. Chickens, like many birds, can see colors. A chicken has eyelids and sleeps with its eyes closed.
Chicken ears are small openings on the side of the head. A tuft of feathers may cover the opening. The ears are surrounded by a bare patch of skin that’s usually red or white. A fleshy red lobe hangs down at the bottom of the patch. In some breeds, the skin patch and lobe may be blue or black. The size and shape of the lobes vary by breed and sex.
If a chicken has red ear skin, it generally lays brown eggs. If the skin patch around the ear is white, it usually lays white eggs. A chicken may occasionally have blue or black skin elsewhere, but the skin around the ear will still be red or white. This coloring can help you decide whether a mixed-breed hen will lay white or brown eggs, if that’s important to you.
Three breeds lay blue or greenish eggs: the Araucana, the Ameraucana, and the Easter Eggers. Those breeds have red ear-skin patches.
The beak and nostrils of chickens
Chickens have beaks for mouths. Most breeds have yellow beaks, but a few have dark blue or gray beaks. The lower half of a chicken’s beak fits inside the upper half of the beak. When the bird is breathing normally, you should not see a gap where daylight shows between the beak halves. Also, neither beak half should be twisted to one side.
A bird’s beak is made of thin, hornlike material and functions to pick up food. Beaks are present on baby chicks, and a thickened area on the end of the beak, called the egg tooth, helps them chip their way out of the eggshell. Chickens also use their beaks to groom themselves, running their feathers through their beaks to smooth them.Chickens don’t have teeth, but inside the beak is a triangular-shaped tongue. The tongue has tiny barbs on it that catch and move food to the back of the mouth. Chickens have few taste buds, and their sense of taste is limited.
At the top of the beak are the chicken’s two nostrils, or nose openings. The nostrils are surrounded by a raised tan patch called the cere. In some birds, the nostrils may be partially hidden by the bottom of the comb. Birds with topknots have much larger nostril caverns. The nostrils should be clean and open. A chicken’s sense of smell is probably as good as a human’s, according to the latest research.
The chicken’s wattles and neck
Under the beak are two more fleshy lobes of skin, one on each side. These are called the wattles. They’re larger in males, and their size and shape differ according to breed. The wattles are usually red, although in some breeds, they can be blue, maroon, black, or other colors.
The neck of the chicken is long and slender. It’s made for peeking over tall foliage to look for predators. The neck is covered with small, narrow feathers, called hackle feathers, that all point downward.