Icelandics do have leg feathering. Those with it are not crosses. Not many have it but it does show up. It is rare. I have had a couple in Sigrids line. That's as pure a line back to the Vikings as there is.
We have cold winters here also. Too much minus weather. The big single combs do get frostbitten if the Roosters are not protected. Our northwest winds blow a steady 13-20 mph, most of the winter. Often more. My chickens arenot in a chicken house but in raised open fronted pens. I did cover the open front after a severe cold snap but the plastic just broke the wind. I did add a heat lamp to the pens.
The big single combs get frostbit. Crests and feathered legs put a little more protection on the head and legs. Along with them I also want pea combs.
[/quote I am following the icelandic breeding agenda and they dont allow it either and thats what I am breeding for and doesnt show in my flock and thats my choice I quess I do have pea combs rose walnut and straight in my flock. Also have behl birds david grote and lisa richards line soon some harvey ussery breeding towards the standard and keeping them the way are as a preservation flock