I orignally bought some feather footed breeds thinking that the feathers on the feet would make them more winter resistant. I have since found this to be the exact opposite. While none of my clean legged birds have suffered any damage to thier legs or feet historically, this winter I have had entire feet freeze off of my partridge cochins, a Silkie actually got her feet frozen to the ground, via the wet feathers on her feet. (Yes she is ok, but has no feathers on her feet anymore, they are still in the ice) Many have suffered ice balls on th bottoms of thier feet etc. Im starting to re-think feather footed birds for this climate. Has anyone else had issues partaining to feathers on the legs and feet, and how do you all compare the over all durability of the feather footed breeds to clean legged ones over the winter?